AIDC: An Intermediary’s View
The European Centre of Excellence for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) centre helps organisations find and use technology to improve the way they work.
Supported by Yorkshire Forward the centre is a source of independent, non commercial expert advice. Through seminars, meetings and a 1,000sqm living demonstration area, AIDC is able to provide business support from its base in Halifax and a satellite centre in Sheffield.
Paula Perks is the centre's business support manager and directs the successful Yorkshire and Humber Business Assist Programme by working closely with South Yorkshire Investment Fund.
The AIDC Centre promotes rather than sells established and emerging technologies such as Barcoding, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Smartcards and Biometrics. These are used in almost every area of business life.
From the supermarket checkout to tracking delivery goods and important office documents, AIDC is applicable in all key areas to ensure the success of any organisation.
Paula explained: “Our emphasis is on helping companies achieve greater efficiencies and process improvement. If AIDC is not right as a solution at that time we will say so.
“AIDC can be used to track, trace, secure and manage almost anything in almost every business and organisation, but it is often implemented as part of a broader project involving other technologies and processes.
“Our Business Assist Programme is designed to be flexible and easy to access. A great deal of effort has gone into simplifying the way businesses interact with it. We also keep in touch to monitor progress and help develop systems further.”
AIDC provide specialist help alongside other business support organisations, such as Business Link, the Manufacturing Advisory Service, Business Crime Reduction Centre and SYIF.
The centre is informed by SYIF of a project they are looking to invest which requires successful data capture. Both parties can then work alongside each other to identify the most effective possibilities for the use of AIDC and help that part of the project succeed.
AIDC currently has funding of up to £10,000 available to small and medium sized enterprises to support the cost of the initiative and is paid once the equipment and software has been bought and implemented.
For more information about AIDC please contact Paula.Perks@aidc.org
About South Yorkshire Investment Fund
South Yorkshire Investment Fund provided seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.
Created as part of the Objective 1 programme, the Fund is a private and public sector business finance provider. The European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward are investors in the Fund.
South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provided access to Business Angel investments from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and Microloans through BiG Business Loan Fund and Donbac Microloan Fund.
Finance Yorkshire has now taken on responsibility for providing gap finance in Yorkshire and the Humber.
For further details please contact Suzanne Tinkler, on 0845 649 0000.
South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (Registered No 3936065). South Yorkshire Investment Fund comprises three sub funds, the South Yorkshire Investment Capital Fund, the South Yorkshire Investment Development Fund, which are each managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited, and the South Yorkshire Investment Small Business Fund, which is managed by Finance South Yorkshire Ltd. YFM Venture Finance Limited (Tel 0113 294 5000) and Finance South Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 01709 386 377) are each authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provides a number of services, which are not regulated by The Financial Services Authority. These include the pilot Seedcorn Fund, BiG Business Loan Fund, Mentorbank and access to the Donbac Microloan Fund. BiG Business Loan Fund is managed by Donbac Ltd (company registration No. 01925556) and Key Fund Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 0114 242 8900).