26th November 2020: Transport and Mobility in Rural Areas – Smart Rural 4

Continuing with the Smart Rural theme, CREST, Sustainability West Midlands and Fit for the Future are excited to announce this virtual networking and knowledge sharing event, which will include speakers from the Department for Transport, Northumbria University,...

20th January 2021: Launch of the PLASTICS netWORK

Plastic materials have a pivotal role to play in society … from their use in medical devices and safety protection to helping provide safe and clean drinking water and reducing CO2 emissions through its lightweight and durable properties. The industry is the third...

Date TBC: Shrewsbury Forums present Natural Disasters – Flooding

This collaboration event between the Shrewsbury Water Forum and Shrewsbury Geospatial Forum will include technical talks from experts on mitigating and adapting to natural disasters. It is also an opportunity to network with others working in groundwater, surface...

POSTPONED: Shrewsbury Forums present Humanitarian Aid

Sponsorship available for this event. This collaboration event between the Shrewsbury Water Forum and Shrewsbury Geospatial Forum will include technical talks from experts on mapping and humanitarian aid. It is also an opportunity to network with others working in...

POSTPONED: Restoring the Marches Mosses Fieldtrip

Continuing the Shrewsbury Water Forum's programme of fieldtrips, Robert Duff from Natural England has kindly agreed to take a group of people on a tour of Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve. We are extremely lucky to have The Marches Mosses...

About CREST@UCS

CREST@UCS is based at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS), Shropshire, which was established in 2014 by Shropshire Council and the University of Chester. It is one of four funded business support programmes operating out of UCS and targeting the Marches LEP area.

The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) is a £1.2M European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project set up in partnership with Reaseheath College. More recently, University of Birmingham have joined the partnership. CREST offers support to SMEs who want to reduce their environmental impact, or develop new products or services. Our multi-disciplinary team of experts works closely with SMEs to design, develop and bring new products and services to market; develop processes to save time and/or money; understand markets (e.g. market research, introduction to buyers and suppliers, exploring new markets) and develop successful business models.

We can offer:

  • 12 hours of free business innovation support
  • The potential for longer term research projects
  • Direct support from our team of Business Development Managers
  • Themed innovation workshops and masterclasses
  • Access to a team of academic experts and state-of-the-art laboratory
  • Opportunities to involve students in research projects
  • Access to drones and a geospatial service
  • Specialised business support
  • Links to University of Birmingham ARLI and ATETA business support programmes

Testimonials

“CREST support has enabled us to accelerate product development and the advice given by Dr Andrew Miles has been invaluable.”

Chris Greenhalgh

Director, Wolf Logic, Beneficiary

“…CREST…advised us on an application we made to the PARSEC Accelerator for funding towards a business idea. Shortly afterwards they identified another potential funder and are helping us with a new bid. CREST provides more than a networking opportunity. If successful, the bid we have made to PARSEC will provide us with the opportunity to generate more business with other local companies. This is in turn could lead to more employment and technological expertise in Shropshire.”

Jonathan Terry

Director, Sylvan Resources

“Thanks to funding from the EA and inspiration from the CREST team led by Vicki Ayton and Dr Anne Wheeler, and the software expertise of Yarrington in Shrewsbury,  we are delighted to announce the launch of the first version of the RiverHealthChecker App!

Pete Lambert

River Projects Manager, Shropshire Wildlife Trust

“CREST has created new leads as they’ve put forward several possible collaboration ideas for our software solution and have offered to put us into networking events with an eye to doing a presentation to hopefully bring in leads from attendees.”

Neil Everton

Director, Formative IT

“We thoroughly enjoyed the morning; hearing comments and challenges from the group was extremely useful and has given us some valuable alternative perspectives… [for product development]”

Matt Baynham

Islabikes, Beneficiary

“…benefited from business support from CREST in the form of technical service support to kick start a new service offering around SUDS, which has helped win consultancy work and will underpin growth in the next financial year.” 

Hannah Fraser

Director, H. Fraser Consulting, Beneficiary

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Shropshire
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