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University Business Support Team

Based within the Development Hub, Cliftonville Road, the University’s Business Support team offers a wide range of business support services to the Northamptonshire community and to the students and staff of the University.  We also support social enterprises on a national scale, through the University’s Inspire2Enterprise brand.

We are a team of experienced, accredited advisers with customer-focussed support staff – providing information, advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages of their development – from pre-start to scale-up.  Helping clients across Northamptonshire to start and grow their business with the right solutions to meet their needs.

Current projects and services:

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic the University of Northampton is committed to helping communities and businesses to survive and thrive as we move towards recovery. We are offering webinars on a broad spectrum of topics, bringing together external partners and academic knowledge with our business support expertise to provide advice and guidance in a collaborative and responsive environment. Details can be found on our website.

Recovery Through Enterprise – East Northamptonshire

The Recovery Through Enterprise economic recovery programme is designed to support small to medium sized businesses in the East Northamptonshire area. Whether you are considering starting a business, recently started up or are well established the programme offers help and support which is tailored to suit your needs.

The University of Northampton is working in collaboration with Enterprise East Northants and  associated partners to deliver a wide range of business support services. The project initially runs until 31 August in order to provide local businesses with a focused period of intensive support.

This free local support includes:

  • Personal 1:1 business advice
  • Dedicated support for start-ups, or anyone thinking of starting a business
  • Access to a wide range of support webinars
  • Reduced price FSB membership offer
  • Virtual Business Planning resources
  • Introduction to SEMLEP resources and COVID19 economic recovery offers
How can I access the support?

By contacting UON Support for Business gateway ( or 01604 892328), you will be greeted by one of our accredited business advisers who will give you an overview of the available support options.  Following a brief diagnostic review to determine your current business status and your requirements you will be offered initial information, advice and guidance, together with introductions to the most appropriate support service providers.

This is a free-to-access, no obligation service.

This initiative is also supported by HM Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

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South East Midlands Start-up Programme (SEMSUP)

The University’s Business Support team is a delivery partner in the South East Midlands Start-up Programme (SEMSUP). Led by Wenta, this European project focuses on social enterprises and start-ups across the South East Midlands area. The support includes the provision of one-to-one advice, workshops, grants and incubation facilities.


As a delivery partner with South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Hub (SEMLEP’s Growth Hub), the University delivers, academic-led, masterclasses as part of the Growth Curve project. Growth Curve is a fully funded (European) programme for high growth businesses based in the South East Midlands. Providing a minimum of 12-hours of tailored support, including one-to-one meetings and masterclasses.

For more information on this project please visit the Growth Curve website.

SEMLEP’s Growth Hub also provide a wide range of services and advice for existing and growing businesses. To find out more please visit the SEMLEP Growth Hub website or contact them directly on 0300 01234 35

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We’re working alongside the University of Bedfordshire and the Open University to deliver the European funded ALPHAS project – Accelerating Leadership and Productivity in High Ambition SMEs.  The ALPHAS project seeks to create links between universities and SMEs to solve business growth challenges.

For more information on our services and how we can help please visit our website or email us directly at:


As the leading university for social enterprise, our aims are to promote all aspects of social entrepreneurship and champion those who are working to produce positive outcomes for their communities.

Delivered by the University of Northampton, Inspire2Enterprise (I2E) works with individuals and organisations across the UK to start, run, finance and grow social enterprises – offering a variety of remote and 1-2-1 support options that can be tailored to your needs.

Our advisers help social entrepreneurs with all aspects of developing a social enterprise, from business planning and deciding how a company should be legally structured, to helping apply for finance and exploring expansion.

Since 2011 we’ve supported over 2,500 clients to achieve their goals, from discussing basic ideas right through to helping them source funding to become successful sustainable businesses.

Working flexibly to provide remote support via phone or email, I2E is the premier support service for social enterprises in the UK. To access further information and support or to arrange a convenient time to speak with one of our accredited advisers, please visit our Inspire2Enterprise website.

The University is also a stakeholder in the Northampton Social Enterprise Town group, which seeks to develop social trading across the town.

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