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Lancashire Innovation Drone Zone (LIDZ)

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Is your business already developing products or services for the drone sector? Or do you want to find out how you can get involved in this exciting and rapidly growing new marketplace? The Lancashire Innovation Drone Zone (LIDZ) project team can help you.

What we do

We offer business assistance as well as technical and engineering support. To help you develop, take new products to market, and boost your growth. With our specialist team of drone pilots, robotics specialists, hardware and software engineers and systems expertise we can help accelerate your product development activities. And create lasting research collaborations to help you in the long term.

Based in our £35m Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), the LIDZ project team brings together expertise across all aspects of drone technology and development. We support Lancashire SMEs to unlock the potential of developing and offering drone products in their business. This can be anything from understanding how the rapidly evolving technologies can help you to create new processes. That save costs, increase safety, productivity and profitability, through supporting the design, prototype and flight testing of new products. 

What are the benefits to your business?

  • Support from world-leading experts in drone technologies
  • Access to our state-of-the-art drone facilities. With over £1.4m of the latest technologies for design, prototyping, simulation, and flight-testing equipment
  • Access to our flight test airstrip located close to our Preston Campus
  • Being part of a regional cluster of technology manufacturers, research organisations, supply chain and end-users
  • Advice and referrals to other University and locally delivered support programmes

How is the support delivered?

Each business is different, so our support is tailored to individual needs. By using a series of specialist workshops and technology demonstrations. Alongside in-depth and one-to-one support we can assist with:

  • Raising awareness of the opportunities and benefits of developing and adopting drone technologies
  • Technology audits and case-use studies to help you accelerate your project
  • Drone-related Research and Development (R&D) which could include support with design, simulation, systems integration, prototype development and flight testing
  • Flight and safety case development
  • Growing your network of contacts in the sector
  • Referrals to a wide range of support for funding and business support

Who is it for?

The LIDZ project is available to Lancashire-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Employing 250 employees or less and showing either an annual turnover that is equal to or less than 50million Euros. Or a balance sheet total that is equal to or less than a 43million Euros.

If your company doesn't fit these criteria, please contact the team to discuss alternative avenues for support and collaboration.

  • Professor Darren Ansell
  • Mr Ben Watkinson
  • Dr Aadithya Sujit
  • Mr David Jones
  • Dr John Pinder
  • Dr Kaya Kuru

Contact us

Prof Darren Ansell (Project Lead)
Mr Dave Jones (Business Engagement Manager)