Through the development of a new transnational model, the project improved SME local and transnational access to high value innovation support and technology, making the NWE area more competitive overall.
Contributing to exchanges, workshops, and research projects, the network created through the KARIM project successfully linked research institutions spearheading innovation technology with businesses who could market new products at a transnational level. Over the course of the project, KARIM helped 1 500 SMEs to collaborate with research organisations, supporting the development of 110 products, and creating 24 jobs.
As an example, TE Laboratories was one of the companies supported through this project. Mark Bowkett, TE’s director, says the projects he met at one of KARIM’s events ‘provided the product and service developments that we needed for the company.’ KARIM also enabled TE Laboratories to receive support from the University of Lancaster’s China Catalyst Programme to develop R&D and trade links in China’s Guangdong province.