ERDF Award – Nova awarded investment grant

Nova Design have recently been awarded an investment grant of approximately £17,000 via the Business Improvement Programme (, working with both Birmingham City Council ( and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The grant has been utilised as part of Nova’s on-going project commitment and financial investment into additional CAD workstations and virtual simulation software.

With the current and foreseeable internal workload, Nova are embarking on another recruitment drive, with the view to employing additional design engineers and detail draughtspersons with a variety of engineering backgrounds and design experience.

The upcoming workload includes a number of projects associated with Aerospace gas turbine tooling and ground support equipment together with a large variety of tooling projects for the Automotive industry.

The Automotive industry projects include Body In White tooling, assembly and weld fixtures together with mechanical handling equipment associated with moving the car bodies around the automotive plant whilst they complete the trim and final assembly phases of production.

In addition to this, Nova are also undertaking virtual robot simulation studies to prove robot reach and cycle times together with ergonomic studies proving assembly demands on the shop floor staff undertaking vehicle assembly.

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ERDF Funding – Nova Design

Said a delighted Simon Parry (Nova’s Business Development Director), “Working with the BIP team within Birmingham City Council and being successful in obtaining this grant will allow Nova to continue our business plans of sustained growth – It’s fantastic news for Nova, together with creating additional engineering jobs in the West Midlands.”

The Business Innovation Programme is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 – 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit