Moving Ahead

Supporting local businesses to realise their Research, Development and Innovation ambitions.

Moving Ahead is a new initiative that will enable Keele University to work with a cohort of innovation-ready businesses to develop detailed, fundable proposals for intensive Research, Development and Innovation projects.

Moving Ahead will also promote networking and collaboration through the creation of a broader Newcastle-under-Lyme Innovation Network, bringing together businesses and partners across sectors to share knowledge, expertise and resources, and stimulate innovation and growth.

The Innovation Network will prepare a new generation of collaborators in the Borough through a series of events to stimulate peer-to-peer learning, and opportunities to engage with academic experts and visits.  

Organisations in Newcastle-under-Lyme can register their interest in Moving Ahead today by contacting the Keele Gateway team: or 01782 733001.

Funding information

Moving Ahead is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, through Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit

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