Want fully-funded support to enhance your business?  Just ask Keele University

By kellythelwellNovember 1, 2017

Marek Hornak, Head of Business Gateway, Keele University

Keele University is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the Staffordshire Business Festival for the second consecutive year, and the University’s Business Gateway team are looking forward to meeting with businesses from across the county over the course of the Festival.

The team will be present at all three days, so please feel free to speak with them about how Keele University can support you to grow, diversify and develop your business.  There are opportunities for businesses of almost all sizes, sectors and specialties.

Want to progress an idea that you’ve had for a while but haven’t had the time to progress?  The Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme (KRISP) has already placed more than 100 highly-knowledgeable students into Staffordshire businesses.  Focusing on a specific project for up to 100 hours each, these placements bring the freshest talent and latest thinking right into the heart of your business, at no cost to the company involved.  Find out more on the “Creativity and Innovation with KRISP” seminars at 10am and 2.30pm on the Business Support Day.

Perhaps you want to develop yourself so that you can better lead the future innovations in your business?  If so, the Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership may be just what you’re looking for.  The Centre provides a fully-funded programme combining taught sessions from leading academics and external experts with action learning and focused in-business coaching from the University’s Entrepreneurs in Residence.  The first cohort of 22 ambitious entrepreneurs and business leaders has just completed the programme, with the second cohort set to commence in November.  There are still places available for the programme’s third cohort which is set to start in Spring 2018 – please visit www.keele.ac.uk/mcil for more details.

If you’re looking to branch out and enter new markets, we have the resources to help you with that too.  In partnership with the NHS, our Business Bridge programme is supporting businesses to enter and gain competitive advantage in the healthcare and medical technologies markets.  You can find out more at our seminar, “Healthcare and Medical Markets: Opportunities for Business Growth”, at 8.30am on the Business Support Day.

Alternatively, why not attend our “How to Access New Markets for your Business” workshop at 11.30am?  Here you’ll uncover the hidden opportunities available in low carbon and smart energy markets, and how they apply to more sectors than you may think.  The workshop forms part of our European-first Smart Energy Network Demonstrator programme, more details of which are available at www.keele.ac.uk/send.

We look forward to meeting you at the Festival, but if you’re not able to attend then more information is available online at www.keele.ac.uk/business or by contacting us on  business.gateway@keele.ac.uk or 01782 733001.

Certain support programmes available within the Business Gateway are receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding. 

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