Northern Lights

Business Incubation

Business Incubation


The Northern Lights Business Support Programme is based in the Business Incubation Unit situated on the 4th floor of the University’s Media Factory Building in Preston.

Our Incubation Units provide students, graduates and eligible client businesses*, managed office work space and access to a programme of business support, workshops and networking events.
To make an initial enquiry, check availability and eligibility criteria and, please contact the Northern Lights Reception on telephone 01772 895950 or e-mail




The Media Factory facility in Preston is the largest of the Incubation Units and has three distinct options for providing office workspace:

  • A suite of individual office units, ranging from 19 – 55m2 leased on a formal tenancy basis (maximum lease length 18 months)
  • 20 “rent a desks” offering an individual desk with small storage facility
  • 12 “hot desks” used on a shared and more informal basis
  • As well as providing a managed office space, the incubation unit also gives use of the following:-
  • PC and MAC computers, with up-to-date software
  • High speed broadband access
  • Telephone, photocopier and printing facilities
  • Bookable meeting space/board room
  • Informal meeting area
  • Mail service
  • The Media Factory Building also houses an impressive array of specialist rooms and equipment which includes:
  • Fully equipped TV studio
  • Sound stage with “green screen”
  • Two photography Studios
  • Three theatres
  • Dance/rehearsal studios
  • Sound recording studios
  • Editing suites

*Use of, and access to these specialist facilities is only available to client businesses who are suitably qualified and experienced, have appropriate and adequate insurance cover and have completed a required induction programme prior to making a booking request.

The managed workspace is just one element of the support from the incubation unit, and just as important, if not more so, is the intensive and comprehensive programme of support which includes:

  • Mentoring and business advice
  • Business and personal development workshops
  • Group learning
  • Specialist advice clinics
  • Networking events, competitions and awards