The UK is one of the largest global manufacturing countries; this sector is vital for our economic productivity and growth. Innovate UK helps manufacturers to innovate and innovators to manufacture. We work across technologies connecting you to partners, experts, facilities and funding, working with businesses at all stages from start-up to scale up.

Manufacturing is critical for the UK’s economy. The sector employs millions of people, is responsible for nearly half the country’s exports, contributes billions to the UK’s bottom line and is a major player in research and development. Covering diverse sectors from automotive to aerospace, pharmaceuticals to plastics and food and drink to foundation industries, manufacturing is mission critical for our economy and society.

The sector faces radical changes with the drive towards net zero, the importance of supply chain resilience and new technologies like digital and AI. Decarbonising manufacturing is fundamental if we are to meet our net zero targets and adopting and integrating innovative technologies is crucial. Securing the future of manufacturing is critical for the UK and innovation is the route to secure that future. Read more about the materials and manufacturing sectors over the next 30 years, challenges and opportunities likely to face key sectors of the economy by 2050 and the steps we may need to take together to ensure the UK prospers from these changes.

Explore the pages below to find out how Innovate UK can help your manufacturing business scale up, connect with businesses in a different UK region or exploit international opportunities. Find out how you can adopt innovation and become more sustainable and resilient. We’ve got programmes covering plastic packaging, foundation industries like glass and metals and supply chains for rare earth materials. Join one of our communities focusing on medicines manufacturing or climate change and connect with our team of experts.

Manufacturing at Innovate UK

From foundation industries to fashion and from magnets to medicines manufacturing, our programmes are far-reaching and can help you grow your business.

Reimagining materials and manufacturing together

Now is the time to reimagine manufacturing together. The UK has clear potential to become a world-class destination of choice for advanced low-carbon manufacturing.

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Support for scaling

Business Growth is a key part of Innovate UK’s investment in the pioneering businesses that drive economic growth. It’s available to all high potential small to medium sized innovation-driven companies.

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Connecting places

Right technology, right place, right time. We support local innovation strengths and clusters and connect local to national to deliver economic growth across the UK.


Our international work

Bringing UK innovation to the rest of the world and having an international perspective on challenges. Horizon Europe, Global Expert Missions, Global Alliance Africa all create global opportunities for UK companies.

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Accelerating commercialisation

Innovate UK’s Catapult Network supports businesses in transforming great ideas into valuable products and services. A network of nine world-leading technology and innovation centres, including the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the Catapults drive the commercialisation and adoption of innovation, accelerating business growth and maximising productivity.


Innovate UK and Make UK Meet the Buyer

Innovate UK and Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, have teamed up to pool their expertise and their contacts. They are working together to connect innovative UK SMEs with leading UK manufacturers, giving OEMs access to ground breaking technologies with relevance to their businesses.

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Our Manufacturing Experts

Innovation is complex and our Industrial Technology and Manufacturing team is on hand to offer experienced input to help drive positive change. The team can connect you to other areas within Innovate UK and more widely to opportunities and our network of businesses, academics and funders.


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