Forte Engineering, in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Centre, has been awarded funding from Innovate UK. Innovate UK supports innovative UK businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.
Forte Engineering and the UWS KTP Centre aim to develop an innovative process and system control management solution, merging the specialist capabilities of an SME with the power of systems capability, traditionally only found in large corporations, enabling Forte Engineering to grow its capacity, profit, headcount and market share, both within the rail sector in which it is already established, as well as the renewables sector as a new business focus area.
Derek Riddell, Forte Engineering’s Managing Director said: “The knowledge transfer in research and innovation will foster a culture of continuous improvement within the Forte team, equipping us with the skills to embrace new technologies, adapt to market changes, and explore innovative solutions. This ability to innovate will enable us to tackle emerging challenges, for example, exploring alternative methods and materials to support climate resilience for infrastructure and seize opportunities for growth. Ultimately, this will enable us to deliver a commercially feasible and environmentally sustainable solution for our existing and new clients”.
Key to this, is the creation of an exciting new role as a Business and Project Improvement Manager, whom will be mainly based at Forte Engineering’s Head Office in East Kilbride. This is a unique opportunity for an individual to use their knowledge, skills and experience to drive and create change through an exciting project, focused on improving project management capability through the streamlining, automation and integration of systems.