Services for Business

Grow your business

The University of Leicester collaborates with businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors to support the development of innovative new products, processes and services through the application of our world-leading research tailored to meet the specific needs of our partners.

Our areas of particular strength include:

  • Life Sciences, Health, Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Biology
  • Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • Space Technology, Earth Observation and Satellite Data
  • Marketing and Management
  • Heritage and Culture
  • Materials and Advanced Engineering
  • Environment and Sustainability

We invest in world-class facilities and highly specialised equipment such as our driving simulator, electron beam lithography system, 3D laser vibration measurement system, and a brand new cryo-electron microscopy unit, part of a Midlands Innovation partnership.

Funded Support

We offer a range of funded support to businesses of all sizes across our region and beyond. Our support includes Government schemes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, funding for your business to employ a graduate intern and the Help to Grow Management programme. 

Support often includes:

  • Academic expertise - up to 24 days per project of consultancy or collaborative research
  • Funding to recruit students and graduates
  • Student projects
  • Licensing of our technology / intellectual property
  • Access to our facilities & equipment
  • Start-up workspace and incubation facilities
  • Regulatory support

Please contact us to find out how we can support your organisation.

Help to Grow: Management Course

If you are a senior manager or business owner in an organisation with 5-249 employees looking to enhance your leadership skills then this fully-funded programme is for you.

The government-funded Help to Grow: Management course provides professional learning focussed on practical outcomes enabling you to work on your business rather than in your business. 

Provided by Small Business Charter-accredited Business Schools, the 12-week course is delivered flexibly online with 4 in-person workshops available in Cambridge or Leicester. The course provides £7,500 of fully-funded training and involves a time commitment of 4-5 hours a week.

Benefit from the latest models, tools and research across key topics including strategy and innovation, effective operations, winning new markets, employee engagement, building vision and brand, digital transformation and financial management. 

Identify and focus on the specific needs of your business through small group peer learning sessions and 10 hours of 1:1 mentoring leading to creation of a tailored growth action plan to lead your business to its full potential. 

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Recruit New Employees

Students and graduates from our university are an ideal candidate pool to engage and attract to opportunities you have to grow your business and hire new employees or be a replacement to existing vacancies. 

We can support your organisation across part-time, temporary, short and long-term positions that will meet your needs and fit in and around a student’s degree programme. 

We will meet with you to understand your recruitment needs and offer support and services to recruit from our student and graduate communities. Find out more here:

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