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£2m secured for innovative Yorkshire businesses

posted 9 Apr 2013, 07:09 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 9 Apr 2013, 07:10 ]
Sheffield Hallam University has won new funding to help more than 100 businesses in Yorkshire and Humber to innovate. The team has already worked with 160 businesses over the last four years to solve technical problems or develop new ideas. These include broadband provider Ask4, food company Shaws of Huddersfield, gasket manufacturer Whitby and Chandler, Westfield Health and Martek Marine.

Alex Prince, Director of Innovation Futures at the University, said: “We have a team of 12 consultant academics, all with business experience."

“Businesses tend to come to us either with a technical problem - such as product corrosion issues - or they have a great idea and don’t know where to start to make it happen. Projects have included working in interactive design, increasing the energy efficiency of production processes, introducing lean manufacturing, spectroscopic analysis, improving food production to reduce preservative levels, and a wide variety of new product development projects.”

The project is part-funded with £900k from European Regional Development Fund and match-funded by the university for projects until end June 2015.

Innovation Futures has a dedicated team of staff who work in Sheffield Hallam University's leading research centres - Materials and Engineering Research Institute; Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute; Centre for Food Innovation; Biomedical Research Centre and Sheffield Business School.

Contact Innovation Futures on 0114 225 5000 or email business@shu.ac.uk for more information.