Business development services

Our business development services are instrumental in transforming research into commercial success. From mentoring and personalised coaching to product development and market research, our services nurture innovation and entrepreneurship to drive economic growth and maximise societal impact.

Innovate UK Business Growth service

Innovation-driven businesses can get one-to-one bespoke support and coaching through Innovate UK Business Growth, a publicly funded service whose innovation and growth specialists help businesses accelerate their growth and maximise their potential.

Innovate UK Business Growth website

STFC Business Incubation Centres

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) manages Business Incubation Centres for start-ups and investors to get dedicated support to early-stage companies. These include:

  • ESA Business Incubation Centre UK
  • STFC CERN Business Incubation Centre
  • Higgs Business Incubation Centre
  • STFC BBSRC Biotechnology Business Incubation Centre (BioBIC)

Find out more about the Business Incubation Centres.

AHRC Convergent screen technologies and performance in realtime (CoSTAR)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) CoSTAR programme is establishing three new state-of-the-art facilities to underpin the long-term competitiveness of the UK screen and performance sector.

They will provide a highly capable research and development (R&D) infrastructure that enables researchers, companies and institutions across the UK access to the facilities, capabilities and insight necessary to ensure that they can conduct world-class R&D, applying current and future waves of advanced computing technologies.

UKRI-eligible organisations lead the project, with collaboration from businesses or third sector organisations.

Details of latest CoSTAR funding round, ‘National capability for R&D in screen and performance’.

Last updated: 28 February 2024

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