New business support to boost innovation in intelligent mobility market

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New funded support will enable SMEs across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to make their mark in the intelligent mobility market.

Staffordshire Connected & Intelligent Mobility Innovation Accelerator (SCIMIA) has secured £986,000 from the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership which will support innovations in intelligent mobility including the development of new products, services and processes.

The intelligent mobility market is predicted to reach £900 billion by 2025 and Staffordshire University is to use its expertise in artificial intelligence, internet of things, big data, cloud computing, manufacturing, engineering, electronics and creative design to offered tailored support to up to 45 eligible small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Marek Hornak, Head of Employer Partnerships and Enterprise said: “Intelligent mobility is an exciting market where our research, expertise and student base can add significant value to Staffordshire SMEs when developing new innovative products or services through knowledge exchange.

“Future of mobility is one of the priority strands in the government’s Industrial Strategy as well as key part of our Local Industrial Strategy and being a regional lead in this area adds to the existing business support on offer through our Innovation Enterprise Zone.’’

Whilst intelligent mobility refers to the optimised movement of people and goods, support will also be made available to SME’s who are looking to streamline operations and integrate technology to improve end-user journeys.

The key to opportunities in the intelligent mobility market are identified as the interconnections made through a range of industries and technologies including:

  • Vehicle manufacturing;
  • Electronic sensors and controls;
  • ICT/ digital and data;
  • Logistics and distribution;
  • Infrastructure management.

Chair of the LEP Alun Rogers added; “Ultimately we are looking to stimulate investment in research and development and to deliver innovation-led growth by building on our regional manufacturing, logistics, transport and digital business base and strengths identified in our evolving Local Industrial Strategy (LIS).”

For more information on eligibility and support available through Staffordshire Connected and Intelligent Mobility Innovation Accelerator, please contact

Maria Scrivens

Communications Manager

t: 01782 294375

m: 07766 520339


Staffordshire University is the Connected University; connected to the needs of students, academic partners, business and society. Our main city campus in Stoke-on-Trent features excellent learning and teaching facilities and good transport links. We have specialist Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education at Stafford and Shrewsbury.  

We were recognised with a Gold award in the 2019 Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students.  

We have been shortlisted for University of the Year at the THE Awards 2020 and were named ‘Midlands University of the Year’ at the Midlands Business Awards 2020. 
Staffordshire University has signed up to the Civic University Agreement, pledging to play a leading role in improving the regional economy and enhancing quality of life in local communities. We were recognised in the top 15 for social inclusion in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. We aim to be a leading university for digital technologies building on our proud computing heritage and in 2019 launched Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute which is committed to preparing students for careers in new and emerging tech industries. 

We are a Top 250 Young University (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020) and are connected globally, with more than 11,000 people are studying Staffordshire University degrees overseas.