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Support for Business

At the University of Northampton (UON) we offer a wide range of business support services to our students and staff as well as to the Northamptonshire business community.  We also support social enterprise on a national scale, through the University’s Inspire2Enterprise brand.

The University of Northampton Business Support team provides a gateway to business support services available throughout the county.  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.  Our aim is to help clients across Northamptonshire to start and grow their business with the right solutions to meet their needs.

Inspire2Enterprise – working with individuals and organisations across the UK to start, run, finance and grow social enterprises. We offer a variety of remote and 1-2-1 support options that can be tailored to your needs.

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

The team can also signpost you to other relevant services provided by the University of Northampton – some of which are detailed below.

If you are an existing business and have an enquiry regarding aspects of your business, including business growth – or you are an entrepreneur looking to develop a new business – please contact the Business Support team, business_support@northampton.ac.uk.

Enterprise Boost – Supporting students and graduates of the University of Northampton. Providing a full range of support, training, advice, and information services, including various schemes and routes for funding – for anyone who has or would like to set up a business or social enterprise or work as a freelancer or private practitioner.

Employer Engagement – Making full use of our student and graduate talent, our award-winning Changemaker Hub team will work with you to understand your business needs and how we can best meet them together.

Recruitment

The University of Northampton offer our students and graduates employment opportunities and the chance to gain experience within business – as well as helping businesses with their staffing needs.

Unitemps – Unitemps provides exciting work opportunities with leading businesses, including part time, graduate, internships and even permanent roles for students, graduates and the local community.

Providing a comprehensive temporary staffing service to businesses, the Unitemps team is committed to helping employers to find talented candidates who add value to their business.

Internships – Internships can help businesses solve some of their most challenging problems by accessing a skilled graduate workforce.

The ALPHAS project – We are 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 project seeks to create links between universities and SMEs to solve business growth problems.

We have two programmes that can help provide our students with paid internships:

  • Time 2 Grow (specifically designed to provide recent graduate opportunities to develop key employability skills, obtain valuable industry experience and enhance their CV)
  • Santander internships (open to final year students and recent graduates).

Industry Led Forums – The Northamptonshire Industry Led Forums are powered by the University of Northampton to support Northamptonshire businesses – across all sectors and sizes.  All forums are open to those in the field to share best practice and be updated on a wide range of topics and collaborate on issues. With forums from Logistics to Manufacturing and HR, Health & Safety and Wellbeing – there is something for all companies in the county. These forums are industry led and Chaired. For more details please email charlotte.patrick@northampton.ac.uk.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the forums are all currently online.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a UK wide programme which enables businesses and organisations to benefit from the skills of academic staff and graduates.

KTPs are partly funded by the government and the cost of a KTP depends on the duration of your project and the size of your organisation. To find out more about how your organisation can benefit from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Northampton please email charlotte.patrick@northampton.ac.uk.

Please refer to our news article on a case study regarding KTPs at the University of Northampton.

Download The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships online flyer

BIG Ideas Fund – Funding of up to £5k available for business collaboration projects – Seek fresh knowledge and expertise

Do you have an idea or project that could be helped by funding of up to £5k from University of Northampton to work with our academics & facilities?   Our Business Innovation Grant of up to £5k (redeemable only within University of Northampton) to help you develop new products, processes, services, gain new insights and help develop your business.  This could give you up to 10 days of an academic’s time to work with you on a project and access our resources.

Open to businesses in the local area to work together with academics from the University of Northampton to boost growth and development of ideas. Contact charlotte.patrick@northampton.ac.uk.

Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII) – The ISII supports social innovators through the delivery of academic research and consultancy services, including social impact measurement reporting. The Institute collaborates on multi-disciplinary research projects through internal partnerships with other research institutes and centres, as well through external partnerships with other universities and organisations.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships – Our Higher and Degree apprenticeships are specifically designed with industry to respond to high level skills gaps, bringing together the very best in higher and vocational education. Our apprenticeships will enable your employees to study for a higher level qualification and gain professional recognition, while applying their learning to your real-world projects in the workplace. If you think degree apprenticeships can help shape the future of your business, please get in touch. Find out more.

Conferencing Facilities – The University has a range of spaces, including halls, lecture rooms and conferencing facilities, which are available to hire on a regular or one-off basis.

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