Increase your sustainability with Future Factory

Future Factory, based at Nottingham Trent University, is an ERDF funded project launched in 2009 to support the East Midlands small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in adopting new products, services and business practices which “design out” unnecessary or unsustainable materials and processing, and “design in” features such as environmentally neutral technologies and materials, recyclability and waste management.


Our objective is to take you through a process of understanding what sustainability means for your organisation and assist in its implementation. The project acts as a matchmaker; helping SMEs get the advice, expertise and support they need. It can completely fund small projects for SMEs and is able to provide 90% of the funding for bigger projects. Bigger projects can get upto 90% funding. That’s huge.

How We Can Help

Support is provided to SMEs in a variety of ways including expert support from academics and consultants, providing funding for projects and subsidising the salary of recent graduates placed within the business. Future Factory also runs regular workshops addressing an extensive range of issues.

Social Media

Our most recent series has been aimed at SMEs who wanted to begin to take advantage of the extensive powers of social networking.Vanessa Zheng, an expert with over 15 years of experience in online marketing, ran a number of workshops giving advice on topics such as social network marketing, how to increase your search engine ranking, B2B marketing and doing business on your mobile phone. We have recently worked with Nottingham Energy Partnership and MG Renewables to develop personalised, social media strategies in order to improve their brand image.

Using social media helped them to develop relationships with other businesses and to expand their customer base by increasing traffic to their respective websites and improving their search engine rankings. It is hoped that the strategy will also result in greater insight into target markets, increased customer loyalty and act as a platform for market research.

Get In Touch

At Future Factory we listen, advise, source expert knowledge and help your business to grow whilst making a positive difference, so why not get in touch with us to see how we could help.!/futurefactNTU

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