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Business support

Business support

Business support

UNIP offers more than just an office they support your business to grow.

The University of Nottingham Innovation park ensures that its tennants are supported and work together with The University of Nottingham to develop and grow alongside each other. 

  • Access to knowledge and expertise 
  • Support with securing funding 
  • Develop the potential of your workforce with access to training and development courses 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Recruitment support through the university 

Access knowledge and expertise

Develop your business with research expertise

Innovation and growth are the pillars to your productivity and profitability. Sector-leading experts will help future-proof your business.

Engage an academic consultant

Academics can bring a whole new level of expertise to your business project. University of Nottingham Consultants will connect you with the right consultant for your project, and can handle the contractual, administrative and financial obligations.

Intellectual property and commercialisation

The university has a global reputation for pioneering inventions and turning them into commercial success stories across multiple industries. Access ideas through technology licensing and the portfolio of spin-out companies.

Join our SME business network

As a member of the University of Nottingham business network, you can enjoy a programme of training, networking and events designed specifically for small to medium enterprises.

Join the Business Partners Programme

The University of Nottingham Business Partners Programme is designed to help key industry partners to collaborate with the university and to work together on shared objectives. The invitation-only programme is tailored to your business and will give you access to our ecosystem of innovation, talent and connections.

Secure Funding 

Explore the range of finance options available to help you work with our academics, graduates and facilities.

Innovate UK funding

You can access from £25,000 to £10 million in grants to support collaborative research projects.

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP)

A three-way collaboration between your business, an academic and a suitably qualified graduate to find innovative ways for your business to grow.

Postgraduate placements

Access up to 200 hours of high-calibre postgraduate students working directly in your business.

Develop the potential of your workforce 

Unlock the potential of your business with training, executive education and degree apprenticeships, provided by the University of Nottingham.

Training and professional development

Broaden the abilities and advance the careers of your most promising talent. Continuing professional development opportunities offer robust and flexible ways to learn new skills through MBAs, specialist training and bespoke courses.

Degree apprenticeships

Transform your people from good to exceptional. Degree apprenticeship programmes are designed with employers to help you create a highly-skilled workforce.

Recruit graduates and students 

Recruiting sharp minds can bring fresh thinking and insights to your business. University of Nottingham students are highly sought after by the world’s top companies, innovative start-ups, and third-sector organisations.

Advertising your graduate vacancies

Whether you have one vacancy or 100, to be filled now or after graduation, you can utilise graduates for free.

You can also take advantage of the University of Nottingham jobs board, recruitment fairs, employer presentations – there are multiple ways to promote your opportunities and enhance your workforce.

Seek support for your most important projects

If you’re looking for a graduate to work on a specific project, the university offers three programmes that could benefit your business:

  • Nottingham Internship Scheme - For SMEs or charitable organisations, there’s funding available to recruit graduates for between two and 10 weeks.
  • Postgraduate Placements Nottingham - Full-time three month placements for all businesses.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership - A 12 to 36 month funded partnership between businesses, academics and researchers.