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 is a university-wide initiative providing comprehensive support to small and medium-sized enterprises, to give you that competitive edge and help you grow.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
At UCLan the Lancashire Forum 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.
The DigitMe project provides free consultancy to manufacturing businesses with the aim of developing the North West manufacturing sector.
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.
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.