Grow your business

Grow your business

Grow your Business

Funded Support

UCLan has a strong track record for securing funding aimed at supporting and developing the region’s small business community. Specific projects, hosted by UCLan, or in collaboration are all aimed at wealth creation, safeguarding jobs and helping businesses gain a competitive edge.

The Centre for SME Development

The Centre for SME Development is a university-wide initiative providing comprehensive support to small and medium-sized enterprises, to give you that competitive edge and help you grow.

Based in the heart of Lancashire, we’re committed to helping businesses and social enterprises. We value our civic responsibility and are devoted to improving the regional community by stimulating economical and societal change. Let us help you fulfil your strategic ambitions whilst nurturing and growing your business.

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Unite With Business


Unite With Business


A free business support programme that will add value and skills to your North West-based business through an injection of skills and knowledge from a university student or graduate.



Propeller supports students, staff and graduates across UCLan through provision of a wide range of learning opportunities for the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial awareness, skills and knowledge.  The team leads projects both inside and outside the curriculum and delivers an award winning programme from UCLan’s incubation facilities to help people start business and social enterprises.  They currently partner Lancaster University on the U Start ERDF Graduate Entrepreneurship programme.

Innovation Clinic

Innovation Clinic

The UCLan Innovation Clinic provides support to Lancashire businesses, helping them to innovate and grow through the development of new products. Support is available to help take your ideas from concept through to market. The innovation Clinic is part of Boost Business Lancashire.

Investment Readiness

Investment Readiness

Lancashire`s Investment Readiness programme is a coherent, structured programme of investor-led input, investment readiness guidance and support activities with the objective of supporting potentially high growth, Lancashire-based businesses with demonstrably improved chances of raising third party investment.

Lancashire Forum Creative

Lancashire Forum Creative

At UCLan the Lancashire Forum Creative is designed specifically to meet the learning and development needs of creative and digital SMEs.  Drawing on the latest research and a wealth of experience of working with SME leaders and managers, UCLan is devising a business, leadership and innovation development programme designed specifically for the needs of those working in and running SMEs.


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The DigitMe project provides free consultancy to manufacturing businesses with the aim of developing the North West manufacturing sector.


Digital First

Digital First is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Our aim is to help Lancashire’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) use digital technologies to grow their business through expert advice and practical support.


Transmission is a support programme for the SME community within Lancashire and helps prepare SMEs for the global effect of increasingly impactful developments in new technology. Transmission takes the form of an innovative approach to building leadership capacity and capabilities within the advanced manufacturing, engineering, creative and digital sectors. It enables SMEs to embrace the competitive advantages that will accrue from a more digitised economy.


Over the last decade, UCLan has consistently increased its international research capacity. All 16 research subject areas in which our research was assessed were judged to contain ‘world leading’ elements at the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. UCLan continues to develop a research culture based on quality and excellence. We work with businesses to undertake real-world research to tackle some of the global challenges facing the modern world.


  • Our partnerships with global organisations such as BAE Systems, Cisco Systems, Sony Computer Games Europe and Atkins, enable us to work together to drive forward new ideas, new processes and new technologies.
  • Our innovative and collaborative approach enables us to access funding streams aimed at supporting the development, future growth and global competitiveness of the region's small businesses.
  • We use our creative and entrepreneurial approach to problem solving to help organisations to develop innovative products and processes which will unlock the power of new ideas.
  • Academic and research staff work in industry to understand sector-specific challenges.
  • Our approach to innovation provides access to intellectual property, knowledge and resources and actively encourages collaboration and the sharing of ideas to develop new business opportunities

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