Business Enterprise

Expertise, business support and funding

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Our expertise can help innovate your business

Essex has a successful track record of delivering innovative and disruptive projects with industry.

From award-winning Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to consultancy and contract research, we're sharing our expertise and innovating business. 

You don't need a detailed brief when you approach us - simply bring us the issues you're facing and we'll pinpoint the expertise you need, cost the project, and help you find the right solution. 

We're in the top 25 for research quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and our KTP team is ranked as the third best support team in the UK. 


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Innovation for business

Get up to £100,000 per project through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.  Innovate UK are looking for ambitious businesses who want to make a clear strategic step and address a significant challenge. Our KTP programme can give your business a competitive advantage. 

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Sector leading Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) 

We're top 3 in the UK for number of KTPs

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are part-government-funded collaborations between universities and businesses.

Come to us with an issue and we'll identify one of our academic teams to work with you and recruit a high-calibre graduate who will be based in your company as an associate to manage the project.

KTPs can last up to three years and 67% of project costs are available for SMEs.

We have more KTPs than any other university in the East of England, helping more businesses in the UK gain a competitive advantage and ultimately improve their profitability.

Get funding 

Up to £10k for projects in any field

Innovation vouchers can provide your small or medium-sized business with funding to engage with our university expertise, with the opportunity to foster a long-term partnership. Funds pay for our academic experts to provide you with tailored consultancy.

Innovate UK Smart Grants 

Turn a project into reality 

New and novel ideas to improve and transform people’s lives, industries and the world can come from anywhere, at any time.

Innovate UK Smart Grants, are funding for game-changing and disruptive ideas no matter what sector for UK based companies.

To apply your business needs either:

  • an idea for a completely new product, service or process
  • a brand-new use or an unprecedented use for an existing product, service or process that take it above and beyond what’s currently available

If you think your business fits the bill, contact our Business Engagement team for more details. 

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Talk to our team

Get the best value for money when investing in new services. Let us help you make informed, evidence-based decisions, and reduce the risks of change and innovation in your organisation.