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Funding and support

No matter the shape or size of your business we are dedicated to helping you increase your competitiveness and overcome your business challenges. Whether you need to test and launch new products or address skills gaps in your workforce, we can help you to grow and succeed.

We have a strong track record in working in partnership with regional, national and international organisations to access the funding and support you need to help you grow.

Examples of our successful funding bids include

  • £4.4m for food engineering projects with companies such as Nestle UK, Greencore, Spirax Sparco and Dext Heat Recovery to improve the efficiency of food production processes.
  • Over £10m won for 175 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), embedding innovation and expertise into over 130 businesses in the last 30 years.
  • £210k as part of the VIEWS (Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures) programme to help bring new wing design and manufacture technologies to market readiness for the UK Aerospace industry.

To find out how we can help you to take advantage of the latest funding opportunities, call 0114 225 5000 or complete our online enquiry form.

Sheffield Innovation Programme

Working with businesses directly on their needs, the Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) will provide expertise to drive innovation and transformation for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Sheffield City Region.

Our expert team will work with you to determine your needs and propose a solution. Interventions can be cross-disciplinary, bringing together academics with expertise in a wide range of business areas and sectors.

Example interventions could include

  • Sector, market and environment modelling to identify ways in which to innovate
  • Coaching and mentoring workshops to embed a culture of innovation in the business
  • Providing highly complex, technical advice with regards to materials, equipment or processes to improve productivity and minimise waste
  • Combining innovation marketing with technological developments to help businesses exploit international market opportunities
  • Simulation of the production process to identify bottlenecks, followed by recommendations for corrective actions and an implementation plan

SIP is funded through the Economic Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and delivered in partnership with the University of Sheffield.

For more information call 0114 225 5000 or complete our online enquiry form.

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Sheffield City Region Skills Bank

The Skills Bank is an exciting new service which invests in skills and expertise to drive business growth. It is designed to bring about a new culture in the skills system by empowering local employers to choose and invest in the skills that they need.

The £17 million fund, comprising funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) and Sheffield City Region Growth Funding, is being managed locally by PwC and is open to businesses based in the Sheffield City Region.

A wide range of Sheffield Hallam University courses are now eligible for funding through the Sheffield City Region Skills Bank, ranging from a one day short course on social media for business, to a one year Certificate of Higher Education in Management.

We're also able to work in partnership with you to develop and deliver bespoke training solutions, specifically targeted to your business needs.

You will need to complete an eligibility check and skills assessment to determine whether you can access Skills Bank funding support for our courses.

To find out more call 0114 225 3833 or email employment.service@shu.ac.uk.

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Apprenticeship funding

Sheffield Hallam University are approved by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to deliver a wide range of higher and degree apprenticeships from level 4 (equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor's degree course) to level 7 (equivalent to a Master's degree).

In advance of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017 the amount of funding you can claim to help train your apprentice will depend on

  • the size of your organisation
  • the age of the apprentice
  • whether the apprenticeship is based on a Framework or Standard
  • whether your organisation is currently in receipt of any other government funding (including European funding such as ESF)

We are working closely with the SFA to understand the implications of the Apprenticeship Levy on funding arrangements for next year, including those for non-levy paying employers.

For more information on funding for our higher and degree apprenticeship schemes contact 0114 225 3833 or email apprenticeships@shu.ac.uk.

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Funded internships

Your organisation could also benefit from support to find and employ a student or graduate intern, providing short term support for your business whilst also helping to develop the next generation of talent. Visit our internships page for more information.

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Email: business@shu.ac.uk 
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