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Business Support from UCLan


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Business at UCLan

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) believe in establishing collaborative partnerships with our business customers. What sets us apart is our strong reputation for applied business research, entrepreneurship, innovation and bringing academic excellence to life. Innovation is part of our culture and we work hard to establish links with local, regional, national and international businesses, sharing and exchanging our expertise and research to help give you that competitive edge

Access our expertise

  • Working in partnership with businesses

    UCLan has worked in partnership with a range of businesses, which have benefited from the various areas of the University’s expertise. Businesses have utilised the knowledge of UCLan’s internationally recognised research centres, the expertise of staff, students and graduates, and the outstanding facilities on offer. UCLan has offered a variety of support, ranging from general business help to involvement with a specific project.

  • Business partnerships and KTPS

    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) form partnerships between your business and an academic institution - in this case UCLan, enabling you to access skills – through graduate and academic expertise to help your business develop.

    The scheme should be used by a company to address a strategic issue that cannot be carried out without support from external sources i.e. you would have to recruit someone, or commission an organisation to carry out the work to achieve the desired results.

    UCLan have enjoyed successful partnerships with a number of businesses, who have reaped the benefits of a KTP.

  • Use our facilities

    UCLan has worked hard to develop an environment which will inspire academic excellence and continues to invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure, facilities and equipment. Our business partners therefore have the opportunity to use the latest professional and technical business services and facilities.

Working with UCLan, businesses can use University facilities for proof of concept testing, product testing and feasibility studies. In particular this allows businesses to move forward with projects primarily concerned with robust independent research.

Workforce and professional development

  • Professional Development
    Courses aimed at taking you or your workforce to the next level. Sector specific courses aimed at improving business processes.
  • Postgraduate Qualifications
    A range of courses underpinned by world-leading research, innovative approaches and real-world experience.
  • Short Courses
    Tailored courses aimed at developing and updating you in your area of expertise, many aligned to professional bodies.
  • Masterclasses nd networking events
    Learn from people who’ve done it! Share experiences with people who are doing it, whilst networking with like-minded individuals.
  • Short term Internships
  • Sandwich work placements
  • Consultancy or live projects
  • Knowledge transfer partnerships
  • Industry mentors
UCLan is committed developing the professionals and business leaders of the future along with providing valuable and supported work-experience opportunities for our students and recent graduates.
Working in partnership with UCLan provides you with a cost effective, low-risk recruitment solution that enables you to tackle problems, or work in strategic projects that can be instrumental in driving your business forward.
  • DigitMe
    The DigitMe project provides free consultancy to manufacturing businesses with the aim of developing the North West manufacturing sector.
  • Innovation Lab
    The InnovationLab project assists small businesses take advantage of new approaches to the use of creative design, new media and ICT technology in their business.
  • Wind Technologies
    The Development of Innovative Small Wind Turbine Technologies offers free impartial advice and assistance to small businesses based in the North West who are considering wind turbine technology.
  • Northern Lights
    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.
  • 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.


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