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.

Northern Lights

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UCLan’s Northern Lights business support programme and incubation unit provides support to students, graduates and eligible businesses throughout the North West looking to start and grow their business.

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.


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



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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