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Access Lifts

Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

Access Lifts

Engineering a new type of boat lift. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

Access Lifts is a specialist firm in central Dorset offering a wide range of access solutions for different modes of transport. Understanding that wheelchair users find it increasingly difficult to access transport, the company produce a variety of options, including bespoke designs. In particular, they specialise in disabled access lifts for boats and yachts.

In 2018, Access Lifts were awarded AUB-ERDF innovation funding to further develop a prototype of a new lift design that’s unique to the market.

You can find out more about their work here.

European Regional Development Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Regional Development Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

Explore the Innovation Studio

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Overview

The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises and an industry engagement hub.

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Events and workshops

A series of workshops and lectures for industry professionals to develop innovation and creative capabilities.

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Projects

Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses

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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.

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Pre Start-Up Programme

Our Pre Start-Up Programme offers membership for creative individuals or businesses looking to develop new products or services.

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Creative Technologies

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.