Welcome to FBD's website! FBD (Futures By Design) is a project co-funded by the Interreg North Sea Region Programme and runs from January 2019 to January 2022.


Futures by Design (FBD) aims to enable less prosperous SMEs in regions of lower economic success, to innovate, grow or increase productivity. SMEs are critical to regional economies but their capacity for success can be limited by insufficient access to data and the inability to analyse data to drive innovation and improved results. FBD aims to strengthen those SMEs and foster innovativeness in the partner regions.

FBD will work with SMEs in partner regions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom, sharing knowledge, ideas and regional experiences to support SMEs to become more data-driven and better informed about the economic, technological, policy and supply changes that will shape their futures. FBD will create a virtual transnational horizon-scanning and knowledge transfer (HSKT) hub connecting 6 hubs in the partner regions to support sustainable SME growth, innovation and productivity.