The SABRE Programme
Helping businesses in the West of England to develop and deploy robotics and smart automation solutions
The £1m SABRE Programme enables small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to explore the benefits of robotics and automation. From start-ups and sole traders, to more established organisations - our free and subsidised services help businesses to get the most from these technologies.
A unique offering for SMEs
Robotics and automation are key to economic growth - and SABRE is committed to ensuring as many SMEs as possible benefit from these technologies.
Whether you are looking to operate a robot arm for the first time, or want to undertake research and development in a fully-equipped workspace with expert technical support - SABRE should be your first port of call.
Located in the RIFBristol innovation facility at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL)
,we can utilise a range of cutting-edge equipment and expertise to solve your challenges.
Workshops are free to attend and our technical assistance is free or subsidised, depending on your project.
What does SABRE provide?
are held over two-days in RIFBristol on UWE's Frenchay Campus
. They combine classroom learning and a BRL tour, with practical exercises that utilise robotics and automation hardware.
Any eligible SME can sign-up to attend one of these by completing our registration of interest
form. The team will then provide details of forthcoming topics and dates.
Technical Development Projects (TDPs) are SABRE's free and subsidised consultancy projects awarded on a competitive basis, following receipt of applications.
With durations of 5 days to 12 weeks, they give access to engineers and hardware that can be used to fulfil your feasibility, prototyping and validation needs.
Am I eligible for support?
The SABRE Programme can assist SMEs from any industrial sector, so long as they have a presence (registered, trading or office address) in the West of England. We use the European Commission's SME definition
,which takes into account staff numbers, turnover and relationships with other enterprises.
If your organisation is not based in this region, or is not an SME, our RIFBristol
colleagues can still help with your robotics, automation and manufacturing challenges.