Are you looking to solve an innovative business challenge?

Top down view of a labyrinth or maze

60% of our research is considered to be world-leading or internationally excellent

(*according to REF2021)

Research and Knowledge Exchange sits at the heart of the ֱ’s commitment to making a significant social and economic contribution to the local and national economy. We understand the key challenges faced by businesses and entrepreneurs; and use our academic resources and expertise to help you thrive through a range of programmes that include professional consultancy, work placements and targeted training sessions.

We strive to translate our research into impactful results that help to solve both global and local challenges, and influence policy and strategy. With ten specialist Research Institutes at the University, our knowledge helps develop novel approaches that solve real-world problems.

Building on the previous success of delivering business innovation and covid recovery support, the ֱ has renewed its partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council to deliver business innovation and growth support initiatives within the Central Bedfordshire region under the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

Identifying and solving challenges faced by your business is key to its growth - whether your goals involve venturing into new markets, embarking on new product development, cost reduction, skilled employee recruitment, or gaining insights into the impact of environmental issues. This UKSPF programme will provide that much needed support, enabling you to strategically move your business forwards while effectively managing the day-to-day issues.

UKSPF: Central Bedfordshire business growth & innovation support

Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, but how do you access the kind of expertise to make it happen? Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) could be the answer - creating a dynamic three-way collaboration between:

  • A business or not for profit organisation - a local company
  • One of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases - The ֱ
  • A suitably qualified graduate - KTP Associate

Working together, this partnership powers strategic innovation projects, embeds expertise and drives commercial growth.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships