Organisations across the Leeds City Region now have access to a unique one-stop-shop business engagement facility that brings together professional, academic and technical support to address the bespoke needs of all businesses.
The Business Engagement Centre is supported by a partnership between the 3M BIC, the University of Huddersfield and NPL North of England, as well as the capabilities of specialists and professionals from the 3M BIC’s growing network membership and associated businesses.
The dedicated area within the 3M BIC offers a space for businesses and advisors to meet in the open plan area, or within a private meeting room, as well as hot desking and tea and coffee making facilities.
The centre will provide a single point of access for the University of Huddersfield, giving businesses a foot in the door to its research centres and business development managers, benefitting from R&D support, KTP opportunities and student placements.
Those seeking more technical support can tap into the technology team at the 3M BIC, which specialises in 3D technology, as well as access NPL North of England’s expertise, including metrology,CMM programming, and bespoke measurement training and consultancy.
The Business Engagement Centre will also host events through its Business Growth Forum, including regular drop-in surgeries where companies can talk to consultants, coaches and professionals from the 3M BIC network and associated partners.
Prof Liz Towns-Andrews, CEO of the 3M BIC and director of research and enterprise at the University of Huddersfield, said: "Businesses have different issues and needs. That’s what makes this business engagement centre unique. The partnership between the 3M BIC, the University and NPL, as well as our associated businesses, enables us to accommodate all types of business issues. Whether it’s technical or academic support to improve a new or existing product, advice on legal or HR issues, how to promote your business, or simply how to get a new start up off the ground.
"Business can access all that they need from one single point of access. Our combined expertise is extensive, but we also have a vast network of contacts across all sectors, so if we can’t help with a specific issue, we’ll know someone who can."