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Centre for Biological Engineering

SME Competitiveness in the Medical Technology Sector

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The project on SME Competitiveness in the Medical Technology sector was commissioned by the Association of British Healthcare Industry (ABHI) to support the activity of the Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group (MMTSG) via its SME Competitiveness Working Group.

The research was commissioned to inform activity to investigate barriers to competitiveness being undertaken jointly by ABHI, Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department of Health (DH).

The objectives of the study were (i) to develop a greater understanding of the UK’s industry and dynamics through mapping the life cycle of medical technology SMEs from a representative cross section of the industry and (ii) to develop a better understanding of what helps UK-based SME medical technology companies grow and prosper and to review barriers to competitiveness and growth. The results are intended to contribute to evidence-based policy making and will also provide a better information base to assist industry to make commercial decisions.

Funding body


Project dates / duration

March 2008 - May 2008

Project team


Multiple SMEs


Professor David J Williams: D.J.Williams@lboro.ac.uk, 01509 227668

Project outputs / results

Williams, D.J., Hourd, P. and Chandra, A., Enhancing the Competitiveness of Health Technology SMEs, September 2008, pp1-33, Supporting document - SME Industry Study May 2009 for Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group, [WWW] Available from: http://www.dh.gov.uk/ab/HITF/DH_091803

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