Design and Innovation For Business Sustainability

Business support

The aim of the Design & Innovation for Business Sustainability (DIBS) programme is to increase regional capacity for the effective use of innovation and design in small businesses.

The programme makes use of BSSP compliant design support tools and has a mixture of skills-improvement activities and high value, high impact interventions. All the interventions are designed to lead to an increase in the competitiveness, turnover and economic performance of the participating businesses and to develop low carbon products and services. The key programme aims can be summarised as:

  • Increase regional capacity (via Competitiveness & Convergence) for the effective use of innovation/design in small businesses
  • Provide a driver for sustainable activity
  • Embed the benefits of innovation and sustainable design as key business values
  • Embed the use of design and sustainable design as a strategic business tool
  • Further develop and promote the South West region’s design capability
  • Further involve local partners at all levels in delivering and sustaining the programme

Further develop synergies with related business support programmes