In Autumn 2018 the Turing conducted a consultation to better understand the needs of UK SMEs. 

We recognise that SMEs are a critical part of the UK’s innovation engine and play a significant role in our economy, accounting for 60 per cent of all private sector jobs and 47 per cent of revenue.

A consultation was launched which sought to enable the Turing to:

  1. Better understand the needs of UK SMEs in AI and data science and how these are currently being serviced; 
  2. Identify what opportunities or gaps, if any, exist to support the growth of UK SMEs; and 
  3. Learn what support, if any, the Turing is best placed to provide, given its aims and capabilities as an AI and data science research institute.

We sought submissions from:

  • SMEs across the UK and from all sectors, ranging from grassroots to established businesses;
  • Universities across the UK, particularly the Turing’s 13 university partners; and 
  • Other support providers which deliver services to aid UK SMEs in growth and development, including third sector organisations and government-funded organisations across the UK. 

The consultation is now closed but enquiries can still be accepted via email to Hushpreet Dhaliwal, Partnerships Development Lead.