Developing your business

Whether you're a large organisation or an SME, we provide education and training that's relevant to the modern workforce, as well as offering funding and support that will help your business to grow, adapt and innovate.

Short-term support

Our European Regional Development Fund schemes are focused on helping SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire with research and development, innovation and growth. These offer fully-funded or part-funded support such as workshops and access to expertise and facilities.

You can also attend our free events, including public lectures, masterclasses, and networking events like the Festival of Marketing, Logistics and Supply Chain Week and the Sustainability Conference. Check our business events page to see forthcoming opportunities.

If you’re looking for fresh thinking, we have a large talent pool of students and recent graduates you can tap into. You could set our students a ‘real-world project’ and ask them to come up with a solution to a current problem faced by your business. Alternatively, you could take on a student placement or an intern. This can be a very cost-effective way to resource your smaller-scale projects, events, research or market testing.

If you need access to affordable prototyping and testing equipment, our new iLabs scheme could help.

Man working on machinery in the University's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering

Longer-term support

Develop your workforce and invest in your people with our portfolio of high-quality, work-related, including apprenticeships and bespoke work-based learning.

We also have researchers and experts that can help propel your business forward through. Part-funded knowledge exchange schemes make this solution more affordable, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Raising your profile

If you are looking for more of a two-way relationship with our University, you could opt to become a mentor or with students in other ways, such as through guest lectures, industry visits, mock interviews and assessment centres, or employability workshops.

You will help students become more prepared for the workplace and you will also raise the profile of your company - both on campus and externally through networking and PR opportunities.

Helping businesses large and small

Watch this 3-minute video to find out more about how the University has been helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to achieve more.

Employers talking about working with the University

View How can your business work with the University of Derby? video transcript

Key contacts

Who you can contact to find out more:

Angela Tooley.

Angela Tooley
Enterprise Development Manager

As Enterprise Development Manager, Angela supports businesses, leaders & professionals from across the region to deliver practical solutions that meet their learning & business growth needs. She leads on the development & delivery of the college’s business support programmes for SMEs & Entrepreneurs including ENSCITE based at the iHub.  

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Dave Lees
Business Development Manager and Senior Lecturer

Dave Lees is an experienced Senior Lecturer in Business and Management subjects. He has many years of sales and sales management to call upon when teaching as well as knowledge gained from running his own business as a business consultant and coach. Dave has now moved roles and uses his expertise to help local businesses grow and develop their offer to the market.

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