Discover our services for SMEs
Click on the boxes below to find out more about some of the services The University of Nottingham offers to SMEs.
Our people are one of the greatest assets we can offer to SMEs.
Our world-class academics are globally recognised for their knowledge, experience and innovative approaches. Numerous SMEs have benefited from research and development projects undertaken with us.
We train some of the brightest students in the world. Through our student projects, placements and internships, your business gains access to the expertise of world-class students, graduates and postgraduates.
The Enabling Innovation programme
Energy for Business
Energy for Business can support SMEs who are energy innovators and those who want to become more energy efficient by forging links between businesses and world-class academics, researchers and graduate talent in the energy field at the University of Nottingham.
Delivered by the Energy Innovation and Collaboration team and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), this Low Carbon project offers product innovation, business support and capital funding to SMEs in the D2N2 region.
Events and networks
The University runs a number of events and business networks which provide invaluable support to small and medium-sized businesses.
Our Ingenuity Network is a great way for businesses like yours to meet experts at the University who can help you gain the knowledge and expertise you need. Our free regular breakfast events, seminars and workshops are immensely popular with the local business community.
Other free-to-join business networks run by the University include:
- The Nottingham Manufacturing Network, a membership organisation which aims to champion the strengths and diversity of these local manufacturing businesses.
- MidsChem, an organisation for regional businesses using chemistry.
Funding for innovation
Businesses that fail to innovate are at risk of falling behind their competitors. Their market shares decrease and their profits fall.
By working with us to innovate, your business can acquire that competitive edge. We provide innovation funding through government schemes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), Innovation Vouchers or Collaborative R&D. These initiatives help businesses develop new products and processes and find new solutions.
Some companies on our innovation schemes see their profits increase by up to £250k per annum.
The international business environment is constantly changing. You need to be confident that your staff has the latest skills and expertise to handle new challenges.
Our Continuing Professional Development programmes offer training across a large range of subjects. For those who want to obtain professional business and leadership qualifications, courses are offered up to MBA level.
Base your business here
Dozens of businesses are benefiting from being based at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP).
UNIP provides first-class office space and facilities for business within a creative and dynamic environment where entrepreneurial businesses and researchers can work together to share knowledge and ideas.
- Scope for networking and collaboration with leading academics, graduates and other business people
- Exceptional office space
- Impressive architecture and facilities
- Environmentally sensitive surroundings
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