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Local businesses invited to grow with support from University

Written by Paula Devine | 15 Nov 2017

Small and medium-sized businesses across the SEMLEP (South-East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) area are being invited to a showcase event at Cranfield University, being held on 4 December 2017.

The showcase will enable local businesses to learn how they can access some of the many world-class research facilities at the University and engage leading academic expertise, through the IMAGE (Innovation in Manufacturing, Aerospace and Green Economy) project.

Funding through the IMAGE project is available to support small and medium-sized businesses to develop new technologies, processes and services and to enhance their ‘green business’ credentials. IMAGE is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is led by Cranfield University.

Sandra Turner, IMAGE Project Manager at Cranfield University, said: “IMAGE is an exciting project, enabling small and medium-sized local businesses to engage and utilise expertise and facilities that they might not ordinarily have access to. Our message to local businesses is come and talk to us and view the research facilities on offer, particularly if you have a product idea you want to develop or are looking for advice on how to grow your business.”

Local businesses wishing to register their attendance at the event can do so here

For further details about the support available for small and medium-sized businesses through the IMAGE programme, please contact or visit

Topics: Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, manufacturing, cranfield university, innovation

Paula Devine

Written by Paula Devine

Paula is Head of Membership and Global Services at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

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