Rising business stars offered the chance to shine

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Posted on 28 November 2011
We want to help innovative and successful new business ventures that need extra support and guidance to take them to the next stage and ensure future success”

Small businesses with big plans are being offered the chance to join a two-year growth programme at Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP).

The initiative has been launched by KUSBP to support ambitious companies that have been trading for 12 months or less and want to expand and create jobs.

As part of the package, businesses will be offered a wide range of advice on subjects such as managing growth, marketing, sales, funding and leadership to help them grow.  Contemporary office accommodation with a low starting rent, access to the facilities on the Keele University Campus and opportunities to network are also included.

Business owners that meet KUSBP’s criteria will be asked to apply online and if successful, can join the programme from February 2012.

“We want to help innovative and successful new business ventures that need extra support and guidance to take them to the next stage and ensure future success,” said Lucy Delaney who is leading the programme at KUSBP.

“Every business is different, so the programme is designed to be flexible to meet individual needs. Support will be offered in a variety of different formats including workshops, seminars, one-to-one guidance, business mentors, and networking both in the Park and within the wider business community.

“There are lots of businesses in our region that are in the early stages of trading and keen to expand, so we are expecting a lot of interest. Places are limited however, so we will be asking applicants to present a business plan including financial details and information that demonstrates their potential for growth.”

Business plans will be assessed by a steering group including representatives from KUSBP, Professor Mark Ormerod, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Keele University, and David Webster, Chief Executive of The Hanley Economic Building Society.

David Webster added: “Entrepreneurial young graduates and companies will play a major role in future economic growth, so initiatives such as this are vital. Being able to draw on experience from existing businesses and tap into the extensive knowledge base at both KUSBP and Keele University, will ensure that ambitious start ups will have the best chance of success.”

Companies that join the scheme will be located at KUSBP’s new Nova Centre and business plans will be reviewed every three to six months.

Entrepreneurs who would like further information on the programme should contact Lucy Delany on 01782 734603 or email lucy.delaney@kusbp.com


Notes to editor:

About Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP)

Established in 1987, KUSBP is one of the country’s leading centres for business development. It provides flexible office space, bespoke laboratories and design-and build-opportunities for companies across sectors including medical, technology, healthcare and engineering.

As well as providing workspace, KUSBP offers its tenants a wide range of support services, including facilities management and strategic business advice on topics such as funding, bid-writing, human resources and public relations.

With 38 acres of development land available, KUSBP has significant potential for growth and has plans for a new hotel and further innovation centres in the pipeline. Its vision is to support innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship by providing ‘lifetime’ support to new and growing businesses.