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Are you looking for cutting-edge expertise to solve a business problem or implement strategic change?

We can help you improve your processes, your product and your profit margin with tailored consultancy and research.

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Access the specialist knowledge and expertise of University academics to add value to your business in many different ways including:

  • research and evaluation
  • testing and lab-based experimental work
  • near-market research and development
  • technical support for specialist facilities and equipment
  • expert witness services
  • needs analysis and problem solving.

Areas of expertise include:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • creative industries
  • engineering and technology
  • leadership and management
  • policing and criminal justice
  • public governance
  • health and sport science.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) can help your business tackle strategic change, develop new products, enter a new market, develop new technologies and improve business systems or processes.

These powerful partnerships involve the University, a graduate and you. You get a highly qualified graduate working for you with access to the latest insights, technical expertise, research and innovation - all supported by a team of specialist experts. This helps you to develop current best practice and a long-term route to emerging best practice.

Projects are flexible from six months to three years according to your needs.

Benefits to you

  • access to key University expertise to drive strategic change
  • increase annual profits, competitiveness and productivity
  • increase your competitiveness
  • increase your productivity
  • embed new knowledge and skills
  • develop a long-term relationship with Teesside University.

Business performance outputs vary from case to case, given the variety and type of projects. Latest information shows that, on average, the business benefits that can be expected from a single KTP project (typical duration 1-3 years) are:

  • an increase of over £240,000 in annual profits before tax
  • the creation of two genuine new jobs
  • an increase in skills of existing staff

What does a KTP project cost and how much funding can you apply for?

  • a typical two year KTP costs approximately £120k in total.
  • SME's apply for 67% funding towards these costs and large companies apply for 50%.
  • the company contribution towards a two Year KTP is therefore c.£20k -£30k per annum.

Thinking about expanding into Europe? We can help.

As part of the Enterprise Europe Network North East, Teesside University can help your business make the most of the European marketplace.

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Are you an SME in the North East? Want to be green and save money?

Through our Resource Efficiency Pathways to Sustainable Growth (REPS) programme we can save you money with our tailored expert support.

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Customer First

Putting The Customer First. Link to . We guarantee quality. All our business services carry the Customer First Standard, a quality mark recognising excellent customer service. And we can also help you source financial support.

Our business service charter sets out our commitment to a professional business service for all our clients.

European Regional Development Fund Support

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

You may be eligible for funded business support, part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is bringing over £300m into the North East economy to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

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