Business partnerships

Row of mugs with printed letters spelling the word Growth.

Increase business performance with The Growth Hub, The Student Media Project, short business courses, consultancy, business start-up support, or as a placements partner.

The Growth Hub: specialist support for entrepreneurial start-ups with high business growth

Access top-class business resources and support through our Growth Hub, set up to boost the development of local businesses with high growth potential. Focused on driving a step change in the economic growth of Gloucestershire, The Growth Hub offers bespoke and integrated business support, underpinned by the skills development, research, innovation and knowledge transfer that exists at the university and that is rooted in real experience. Understanding your company’s performance and objectives, business experts will create a growth package to support your business.

Bite-sized business support for small and large businesses

Benefit from business support in a range of areas from our dedicated university experts. This includes our enterprise and start-up services for new businesses in Gloucestershire; consultancy with our academic and industry experts including IT, business planning, furniture design and materials, marketing and business operations development; and our Student Media Project, talented graduates and students who can produce video, audio and interactive media for digital marketing. Contact or 01242 715400 for further information.

Leverage the talent and skills of students and graduates as a placements business partner

Our students often lead the way with innovation in the places they work, heading up invaluable changes in processes, systems, creative thinking and technology. As a placements business partner, you will have access to a pool of talented and driven students equipped with new ideas and the latest industry knowledge and skills. Many of our partners offer students graduate employment based on the value they added to the business while on placement. You can advertise job vacancies to students and graduates on our dedicated portal, and attend our career and employability events. You can raise your company profile through targeted marketing, sponsorships and presentations to students. Find out more via the Future Plan employers' portal.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

A government-funded scheme which places high-quality graduates in companies of all sizes to undertake projects of strategic importance to the company. KTP projects can cover any important aspect of your business that needs an injection of knowledge or expertise. The length of the project can be between six months to three years but the usual length is two years. Find out more.

Professional development and short courses for employees

Whether you’re a business looking to develop staff, an individual looking to develop your career or you simply want to learn a new skill for your own personal development, we have a wide range of short courses for you to choose from. We offer courses across the areas of business and management, marketing, photography, creative and IT, sports and leisure, as well as specialist subjects, many with professional accreditation.

Short courses

Professional courses

The university’s contribution to the local economy

The university contributes to Gloucestershire’s economy in a number of direct and indirect ways, including through our staff and students, business development, volunteering, and purchasing with local and national businesses. In 2014 Biggar Economics (an independent economic consultancy) produced a report to assess the full extent of our economic impact.

Vice-chancellor Stephen Marston said: “We are proud to be the university of, and for, Gloucestershire.  This report estimates for the first time the various impacts of the university’s activities, in terms of supporting economic, social and community wellbeing for Gloucestershire.”

Economic impact report

Social and cultural contribution report