What we do
Pera International is a membership-based Research Association founded in 1946. It is a company limited by guarantee and all revenues are applied to its central purposes; it does not distribute profits to members companies or any third parties.
For nearly 70 years, Pera International has continued to support companies in manufacturing sectors with the development of new manufacturing strategies and with the research and development of new production techniques.
Contributing to R&D
Research and development is supported in partnership with other research institutes with a strong focus on the manufacturing industry. Pera International’s primary role is to identify and advise on the generic, enabling research necessary to drive a sector forward and to stimulate the establishment of collaborative research consortia to carry out the R&D.
Descriptions of the range of recent collaborative projects are available in the projects section of this website.
Recently, Pera International has also given assistance to hundreds of companies in terms of developing an innovation strategy. An Innovation Coach was assigned to each company to work with the senior management to help identify key growth challenges, to evaluate options and to develop an action plan. Such strategy engagement is often a precursor to the company being better able to articulate its R&D needs and hence to take part in appropriate collaborative projects.
To deliver these services Pera International partnered with the delivery organisations in the national Manufacturing Advisory Service which used government funding to subsidise improvement services to SMEs which otherwise could not afford them or which, in the first instance, may be uncertain about external consulting or training assistance.
Facilities for Business Growth
Start-up and growing businesses need flexible and well-serviced premises. Pera International provide this important part of the innovation ‘ecosystem’ through the Pera Business Park in Melton Mowbray.
The aim is to inspire, develop and nurture successful businesses with a dynamic mix of office space and workshop facilities.