A Belfast based innovation company, DM Innovations, is making valuable connections in Great Britain and the Middle East following technical assistance from Invest Northern Ireland.
The company has received advice from Invest NI’s technology experts to help develop a number of its ideas into commercial products. This advice has paid dividends as DM Innovations recently secured valuable orders to supply its coiled lanyard product to customers in UAE and Scotland.
The product was originally designed to prevent weapon loss and is now used for a variety of purposes by Police, Military, Prison Services and Special Forces around the world.
Commenting on his experiences, Darren Fenton, Partner at DM Innovations, said: “The support from Invest NI helped us to evaluate the effectiveness of potential new products and look at the cost of manufacturing them. Our business is continuously looking at ways to make life easier and we are focused on building a strong portfolio of exportable products over the coming months.”
DM Innovation has also used Invest NI Innovation Vouchers to work with South Eastern Regional College and University of Ulster to develop and test product prototypes.
Olive Hill, Invest NI’s Director of Innovation and Technical Solutions, added: “Developing and commercialising any product can be a challenge but many businesses like DM Innovations are accessing expert advice and guidance from Invest NI to take their products forward. Our experts can help entrepreneurs identify the most effective solutions to the problems they face - whether that be around products and processes, manufacturing issues or complying with safety regulations.
“The company is working hard to profile itself among potential export customers and I would encourage other local firms to explore how advisory support from Invest NI as well as our Innovation Voucher could help their business.”