Drop-in Business Workshops

Join Keele University and Partners for a showcase of workshops to help your business grow

All workshops and clinics are free to attend and will take place in the Denise Coates Foundation Building on Keele University Campus

March 4, 2020, Workshops and Clinic details:


Andy Warrington, Tax Manager from Dains Accountants will be available for a complimentary initial discussion of your tax queries in the Smart Innovation Hub Atrium on first Wednesday of each month.

Andy is a previous graduate of Keele and is part of the tax team in the Stoke branch who provide advice to a broad range of local SMEs and their owners covering everything from Director’s Dividends to R&D Tax credits.

This event is free, sessions run 10.00 am - 1.00 pm, booking in advance is advised but not essential.

Please address all bookings and queries in the first instance to Julia Peat - jpeat@dains.com


Join Stopford Energy & Environmental for one-to-one sustainability advice. Find out how Stopford can help your business grow and become more sustainable.

This event is free, drop-ins run 10.00 am - 1.00 pm, booking in advance is advised but not essential. For more information or to book please contact daniel.shanley@stopford.co.uk

Stopford is an international energy and environment consultancy providing innovative multidisciplinary solutions to a global market. For over 35 years we have been serving the requirements of a multi-national client base from our team of industry-leading experts. As leaders in the energy and environment sector, we have developed complementary innovation, consulting and engineering capabilities enabling the delivery of projects across the renewable energy, resource recovery, water, chemicals, and fuel storage and distribution sectors. Key to our success is our alignment with leading academic institutions including Keele University supporting the technical development, scale-up and commercialisation of novel process technologies serving the low-carbon and circular economy sectors.


Marsh Commercial, part of the global Marsh & McLennan group of companies leaders in insurance and risk management.
Focus on technology and future business trends providing start-up businesses with access to insurance experts who understand their risks and needs when it comes to arranging cover.

Enabling start-up businesses to access the right advice with experts within our business in all fields from Aviation & Aerospace, Chemical, Life Sciences, Medical testing, Computer programming, Medical research and a varied range of other topics.

Marsh Commercial can help to ensure that the new businesses developing at Keele have access to these experts and the right insurance companies to help their businesses grow in the future.

This event is free, sessions run 10.00 am - 1.00 pm, booking in advance is advised but not essential. For more information or to book please contact Jonathan.McArdle@marshcommercial.co.uk


Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub - Business1-2-1 Support Clinics

Our Business Clinics take place in a variety of locations across Staffordshire, so there will always be support available to you, regardless of your location. The clinics are great a way for you to discuss your business needs and ideas with one of our qualified business advisors, where teas and coffees will be provided on the day.

Our Growth Hub Advisors are people who understand the day-to-day pressures of running a business. They can work with you to overcome barriers, solve problems and develop a strategy for growth. They all have specific knowledge of certain areas of Staffordshire, and work closely with the relevant local authorities.

They provide a highly personalised and tailored service, which is backed up by an excellent all round knowledge of business support. As well as helping your company grow, we want to help you create jobs. We have a number of partner organisations where we can signpost you to look at grant funding and business support.

This is a one to one appointment opportunity, private and confidential. We will contact you nearer the date to arrange a suitable time for you to attend on the day. However, if you are unable to make that date and would like us to visit you on an alternative date, please email our Growth Hub events team at events@stokestaffsgrowthhub.co.uk

Keele University Smart Innovation Hub meeting Room 1 on the Lower Ground Floor (SIH. LG.007).

Register for this event here


Join Keele University School of Law, for a free commercial legal advice in the Smart Innovation Hub Atrium (inside the Denise Coats Foundation Building) on Wednesday, February 19th 2020 from 10 am – 1 pm

Covering a range of Law topics for local SMEs and individuals to gain an insight into commercial law, students from Keele University School of Law who are supervised by a solicitor will be on hand to offer one to one legal guidance.

This event is free and a drop-in clinic booking is not required
For more information please email legal-advice-clinic@keele.ac.uk

For more information please visit https://www.keele.ac.uk/business/businesssupport/legaladviceclinic/
or https://www.keele.ac.uk/law/careersandemployability/legaladviceclinics/commercialclinic/



Please find below a link to our Campus Map. The following event will be in the Denise Coates Foundation Building (marked as no 51 on the map - IC6/Keele Business School) to obtain a free parking permit on the day please park in the 15-minute parking bays adjacent to main entrance and go to reception to collect your permit you will then be directed to the Plot 7 car park (left-hand side of the map, a short walk to the venue)

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Smart Innovation Hub, Innovation Way, Keele University, ST5 5AA
Keele University
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01782 733226