University of Derby
The number one university in the UK's East Midlands
University of Derby are a Made in the Midlands Gold Member
The University of Derby is one the UK’s most advanced centres of personal development, in one of its most historically innovative cities. Why not use our resources, expertise and contacts to help you grow, produce and profit?
We want to bring the University closer to the city – a part of our people’s future, a partner for our businesses. So we’ve recruited some very senior people, from organisations you’ll know, who say it like it is and know what makes a business work.
With their help, and your permission, we can be the coach, mentor and guiding hand that’s there for you, when you ask, with the right answer.
As far as we know - and we’ve looked – this is something entirely new. It’s your university, working alongside high-level industry experts, using everything it has for the good of small and medium-size businesses in the local economy.
You won’t get solutions from a textbook – you’ll get practical answers drawn from real business experience that you can put to work straight away.
It could be help with a funding application. Or access to expertise and technology. Or practical research that gives insight into your market.
Just ask. We’re ready.
Invest to Grow is a programme designed to support private sector businesses, predominantly in the form of loan funding, to grow and create jobs.
- Grants or loans - according to the needs of the business - are available for up to 30% of the cost of investment to help create long term sustainable job growth. The business has to find private sector funding for at least 70% of the project cost.
- Minimum award size is £15k, so the minimum project cost is likely to be £50k. Maximum award size is £250k although higher awards can be considered for projects which offer exceptional value for money.
- The programme is aimed at priority growth sectors such as Transport Equipment Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Construction, Food & Drink Manufacturing, Logistics, Low Carbon and Creative Industries.
- The project must be located in the East Midlands.
Our aim is to give employers solutions to their problems, help develop their staff and create profitable innovations.
Our team is made up of business specialists with commercial expertise to bridge the gap between the needs of commerce and industry and the academic excellence from within the university and its partner associates.
Our priority is to understand and effectively service the needs of business and employers by using the expertise available across the University.
We will appoint you a key contact to manage your complete journey from understanding your needs, through to finding and delivering the most appropriate cost effective solution(s) in the form of Training and Development, Consultancy and Research to help you achieve your organisational objectives successfully.
Our students and graduates have a strong work ethic: 96.9% of graduates from the class of 2013-14 were in work or further study six months after completing their studies. This places the University 12th in England for employability.
Our wide range of courses, designed in partnership with industry and accredited by professional bodies, cover traditional, vocational and professional subjects and are taught by lecturers with extensive industrial expertise.
Our focus on real world learning gives our students all the professional and transferable skills they need to be work ready.