Services for Business


a tutor presenting to a group of studentsWe collaborate with businesses and organisations from all sectors. Our business development team will work with you to match your needs to our academics’ expertise and manage the contracts and IP, as well as advising on funding opportunities.

We have been involved in a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), a government scheme that provides grants to work with universities.

Our previous projects include:

  • ALSTOM Grid UK Ltd. - our engineering experts advised the power company on the concept of a new electric measuring probe. The initial advisory project has resulted in a two-year KTP to explore the use of high voltage direct current. Find out more about our award winning collaboration with Alstom Grid UK.
  • Bulb Studios - our ergonomics expert from the School of Management was involved in a KTP to develop bespoke, user-centred software. Through this partnership, Bulb Studios develop Crowdlab™, an award winning market research app. Find out more about this award-winning project.

Funded support

We offer a comprehensive package of support to businesses, particularly Small-Medium Enterprises in our region – and beyond. Our support includes Government schemes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and our own programmes based on the University’s expertise.

We support companies by applying our research to their business needs. For many projects with local SMEs we are able to provide funding – often up to 100% of the cost of the services we provide.

We run a number of projects designed to support the varied needs of local businesses. Please contact us to find out what we can offer your business.

Support often includes:

  • Academic expertise - up to 24 days per project of consultancy or collaborative research
  • Graduate internships
  • Student projects
  • Support can last up to three years

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