Use design effectively

Your customers expect well-designed, good-looking, easy-to-use products, supported by convincing branding and packaging.

We can help you meet those expectations. We act as a single point of contact to high-quality design services and expert design advice that will help you increase sales, enhance your business’s profile and make it more competitive.

Businesses can apply for assistance from experienced mentors and design professionals through our new Design for Business programme.

  • DesignAdvice - up to one half day’s free design advice (usually at the customers premises) with design experts to advise and signpost businesses’ regarding design queries or needs. Provides the ideal platform to discuss your design needs prior to applying for DesignActive.
  • DesignActive - get support through a range of workshops, mentoring and up to seven days consultancy from a design agency. The cost to companies is £1250 + VAT with participation through a competitive application process. The DesignActive call for applications is currently open, the closing date is 5pm on Friday 13 January 2017.
  • DesignForward - allows you to build on the work created on DesignActive and get further input to implement the design project. It will encompass the engagement of your senior management and will offer up to ten additional mentoring/design days. Cost to companies is £1800 + VAT.

Not sure that this support is right for you?
Contact Us and we can explore options for your business together.


Our support may be subject to some eligibility criteria.


Contact our business support team

 0800 181 4422


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