Support that suits your business
Finance is often a big barrier to business growth, however by working with the Innovation Team in the University of Hertfordshire, you can access funding that significantly reduces the cost of research and development projects that drive your business forward.
Passion. Expertise. Solutions.
We’re passionate about working with businesses to solve their challenges through our research and expertise. Knowledge Exchange brings this to life by providing your business with a University researcher, who is an expert in your field. Sending our researchers into industry helps businesses, whilst ensuring that our research is always relevant and contributes to training the next generation of talent through up-to-date teaching.
There are several schemes available and we will help you along the way to find the right solution for your organisation at any given time.
KEEP+ provides businesses with flexible innovation opportunities, with a focus on the development of new products and services. The programme provides small and medium-sized enterprises with matched funding, allowing knowledge exchange through academic expertise and graduate talent.
Projects can be in any sector, from Creative Arts to Life and Medical Sciences and Engineering. There are several strands in the scheme. ‘KEEP’ embeds an Associate within your company for usually 12-18 months to transfer the knowledge and work on a specific, innovative project. Research & Innovation Collaborations are direct consultancy with the academic and can last up to 12 months.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) enable us to provide your business with a researcher whose expertise matches your strategic needs. A research associate will also be placed into your business to work on the designated project, for between 12 and 36 months with an end-goal of demonstrating clear innovation, impact, commercial viability and productivity growth over a 5-year period.
Grant funding from Innovate UK can provide up to two-thirds of the project costs for small and medium-sized business and up to half of the cost for large businesses. We’ve obtained funding for over 100 KTPs to date and our dedicated team will support you through the application process and the entirety of the partnership.
A new complimentary to Innovation KTPs initiative called Management KTPs focuses on the structural, management or leadership challenges that companies face to grow.
Very similar to innovation KTPs but covering projects for new business models, organisation and cultural change, and operations and supply chain management or respond to Covid-related challenges such as remote working innovation or business continuity planning. Submission deadlines are every 2-3 months.
Helping businesses capitalise on Hertfordshire’s world-class film and TV industry. Free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited courses at the University of Hertfordshire.
Herts Camera Action is an exciting new project set to drive innovation by supporting the creative industries’ supply chain, invest in creative skills and knowledge exchange, and develop a series of brand-new screen tourism products to support the rebuild of Hertfordshire’s visitor economy.
Funded by the UK Community Renewal Fund, it aims to capitalise on the world-leading hub of film and TV studios located in South Hertfordshire to ensure that the businesses benefit from these assets.
Businesses will benefit from accessing a package of support designed to:
· Kickstart innovation by supporting the creative industries supply chain.
· Invest in creative skills and support knowledge exchange.
· Develop new screen tourism products to rebuild the visitor economy and revitalise destinations.
The Herts Camera Action support package includes:
1. Creative Industries Grant Programme
Eligible Hertfordshire-based SMEs can access a grant of up to £5,000 (with a 20% match fund contribution) and will undergo an in-depth business diagnostic with a sector specialist adviser, focusing on their capabilities to exploit new opportunities related to the film and television sector.
2. Consultancy to develop new or diversifying product offerings, including:
· Strategic business consultancy and advice.
· Review of the business strategy / operating mode.
· Innovation strategy.
· Reviewing and rebuilding a viable business model.
3. Free Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Here at Herts, we offer a wealth of training and development, designed to provide opportunities for businesses and professionals to expand their knowledge and enhance their workplace effectiveness. With access to award-winning academic knowledge, expertise and resources you can enhance the productivity of your business through continuing professional development (CPD) courses.
Packed with valuable insights and a wealth of knowledge delivered by industry experts, the Herts Camera Action CPD programme will offer free of charge training to help upskill the creative industry workforce. It will foster knowledge exchange between industry and academia to increase innovation in training and build links with new and existing film studios, production companies and distributors.
Our transformative modules include:
· Operating in the Media Industry.
· Media strategies and Communication.
· Marketing Opportunities in the Creative Industries.
Students need to attend at least 80% of the course.