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

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 will work with SMEs in each partner region, 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.

The project regions are Cambridgeshire (UK), Antwerp (B), Groningen (NL), Osterholz (DE), Halland (SE) and Fryslan (NL). Each region has a sub-region (hinterlands) of lower economic success, in which SMEs are often struggling to adapt to economic change. FBD aims to strengthen those SMEs and foster innovativeness in the partner regions.