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How we support your business growth

Collaboration between industry and academia. 
This is without doubt, the unique offer brought to business who engage with the University. It's not simply a question of space, it's an opportunity to engage with experts in your field of business.

Developing and supporting innovation. 
Our team is made up of commercial experts who have a wide range of experience to help encourage innovation in your business development. This includes the options of helping to identify potential funding sources available.

Networking and engaging with business.
Our commercial sites ensure your business is able to engage and benefit from other businesses co-located on site. This helps to develop synergies and further areas of collaboration.

Engagement with careers and employability.
As a business that is engaged with the University, you have the ability to benefit from the student workforce. The University has a number of schemes in operation which enable local businesses to work with students on projects, work placements and experience through to degree apprenticeships. The Commercial Operations team can help to identify the most suitable options. They include:

  • Student placements/work based learning - All our students are required to undertake a 5 week unpaid placement in a business
  • Graduate employment and internships – The University can advertise your vacancies free of charge to our new graduates.
  • Degree apprenticeships - You could access funding to cover the cost of a degree apprenticeship.

Our dedicated team

The Commercial Operations Team at the University of Chester has its own dedicated Business Development Managers who will support you with your business growth journey. This could be through a number ways including:

  • Academic collaboration with one of our Faculties
  • One of our specialist Business Support Programmes
  • One-to-one guidance
  • Introductions to other service providers and stakeholders who could help your business.