ERDF Award – Nova awarded investment grant

Nova Design have recently been awarded an investment grant of approximately £17,000 via the Business Improvement Programme (, working with both Birmingham City Council ( and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The grant has been utilised as part of Nova’s on-going project commitment and financial investment into additional CAD workstations and virtual simulation software.

With the current and foreseeable internal workload, Nova are embarking on another recruitment drive, with the view to employing additional design engineers and detail draughtspersons with a variety of engineering backgrounds and design experience.

The upcoming workload includes a number of projects associated with Aerospace gas turbine tooling and ground support equipment together with a large variety of tooling projects for the Automotive industry.

The Automotive industry projects include Body In White tooling, assembly and weld fixtures together with mechanical handling equipment associated with moving the car bodies around the automotive plant whilst they complete the trim and final assembly phases of production.

In addition to this, Nova are also undertaking virtual robot simulation studies to prove robot reach and cycle times together with ergonomic studies proving assembly demands on the shop floor staff undertaking vehicle assembly.

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ERDF Funding – Nova Design

Said a delighted Simon Parry (Nova’s Business Development Director), “Working with the BIP team within Birmingham City Council and being successful in obtaining this grant will allow Nova to continue our business plans of sustained growth – It’s fantastic news for Nova, together with creating additional engineering jobs in the West Midlands.”

The Business Innovation Programme is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 – 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit

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Our expertise as a CAD Agency

Historically a CAD design office undertaking innovative engineering design projects from within our Kingswinford design office, we are now also focusing on engineering design recruitment.

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Under the guidance of Daniel Tipper (Recruitment Executive), the previous experience and success of our internal recruitment team in other recruitment disciplines has allowed us to branch out and increase our expertise.

The recent growth and addition of staff to our recruitment department means we have the resources to offer this solution in addition to our already well established internal engineering design CAD facilities.

Although we have expanded from being purely a CAD design office, we are still the people to come for your outsource engineering CAD projects !

Nova offer a recruitment solution across the whole of the UK and supply candidates for contract, temporary and permanent positions within the engineering design industry – specifically Design Engineers, Detail Draughtspersons, CAD Operators / Technicians

Whether your resource issue is to cover holiday or sickness or to add to your team for the peaks and troughs that industry dictates, then allow Nova to take these issues away.

If you are trying to find quality permanent staff through your own methods and struggling, we can help you with a fresh and fast approach.

As a technical recruitment agency, we have at our disposal the latest advertising and recruitment tools, meaning our extensive personnel database is made up of thousands of candidates all seeking various job roles.

Please contact our Recruitment consultants to discuss your requirements in detail – Dan Tipper on 01384 405 975 |

Advantages of contractors :

  • Manage the peak and trough work loads dictated by industry
  • No additional costs associated with permanent employment – pensions, national insurance, holidays, sickness etc
  • Staff headcount does not increase
  • No minimum term contract, staff can be supplied for contracts as short as one day
  • Quick response, Nova will usually resource your problem within a short time scale
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ISO 9001:2008 – Nova pass audit with flying colours

Nova have once again proved that our internal ISO Mission Statement of “Right First Time” is worthy of the way in which we conduct our design services.

ISO-CertificateWe have successfully passed the last of year 2014 external client Quality Audits with flying colours – NO non-conformances 🙂

Said a delighted Simon Parry (Nova’s Business Development Director) “At Nova Design, we have always been proud of the service we offer our clients. Now with the continuation of our ISO award this has been confirmed by outside experts who are used to judging service on a daily basis in a wide variety of trades and industries”.

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High Precision Engineering – A Masterpiece

We came across this video on YouTube over the weekend – showing off high precision engineering to create a masterpiece.

It’s not an industry Nova have any experience of, we just thought it was a great video 🙂

A couple of other websites mention that there are only 7 handmade examples worldwide and they went for in excess of $3Million each . . . .

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The 3D Animation That Started Our Visualisation Division

This was the 3D Visualisation video that was the catalyst to Nova’s 3D Animation / Visualisation Division.

The video was passed to Nova’s Business Development Director by one of our CAD Resellers and after showing a few of Nova’s clients what can be achieved, Nova invested in 3D Studio Max (as was) and the rest as they say is history . . . . . .

With the advent of technology such as high definition (HD) television and improved display systems, images and modern video files have become a lot higher resolution and a lot more lifelike – so much so that a lot of our clients use them for staff training videos or virtual assembly / installation manuals.

Nova’s Visualisation Division are currently creating a number of such animations for clients not just in the engineering industry but those as diverse as bathroom fittings, electric vehicles and ship hardware.

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Design Office Humour – Latest CAD Cartoons

Always good for a smile on a Friday !

Keep up to speed with the latest in CAD and Design Office humour – we’ll be updating the cartoons on a regular basis.

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