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Develop your idea

Developing your idea into a viable product or service is a critical part of any business growth strategy.

Investing in development is crucial to sustaining your business and profitability. However we understand that the development process can be risky, and it needs considerable planning and organisation.

This is where we can help.

Our Design and New Product Development research group is a multidisciplinary group working across many different areas within the University.

The group was formed to perform pioneering research – empirical, theoretical, collaborative and practical – in both established and emerging domains.

The Innovation Centre

The Innovation Centre is a working space, providing a platform for business start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, graduates and academics, to shape their business and innovative ideas.

Our co-working space is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and is open to anyone who wants to work on their start-up business ideas alongside others in an informal, collaborative space. Why not sign up to become an Innovation Centre Member (ICM) and be the first to hear about The Innovation Centre news and events.

Intellectual property advice

Protecting your intellectual property (IP) can be a minefield. We can offer IP consultation services that will help you to find the right path for protecting your property.

IP includes inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images, and designs - anything that arises from human creativity.

We have processes for the management of intellectual property, and provide services to support our researchers, staff and students in the disclosure, evaluation and exploitation of IP.

Our dedicated team will be able to act as a conduit into the expertise within the University, and support your business to develop your idea to its full potential.

Contact us

Head of Commercialisation

Dr Paul Burrows

Arts, Design and Humanities - Business Development Manager

Stuart Hilton

Business and Law - Business Development Managers

Dipa Patel

Kate Watson

Health and Life Sciences - Business Development Manager

Gary Trappitt

Technology - Business Development Manager

Nadia Omar

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