The initiative supports business development and innovation by partnering companies north and south with third level institutions and high calibre graduates in science, engineering or technology for up to 18 months. The graduate works directly with the business to deliver new products or improved processes.
At an event held on Monday 22nd January at Carton House Hotel, Co. Kildare, InterTradeIreland awarded ‘Project Exemplar’ status to the following SMEs:
- Ceramicx, Co. Cork
- Cf Pharma, Co. Kilkenny
- Deluxe Art & Theme, Co. Armagh
- Statsports Technologies, Co. Down
These SMEs were judged to be the four best FUSION projects of 2017 in terms of the level of innovation, benefits achieved and overall contribution to the programme. Between them, the ‘Project Exemplar’ companies have reported combined sales, savings and investments of over €570,000 and have projected further sales, savings and investments of almost €20m over the next three years.