20th January 2021: Launch of the PLASTICS netWORK

Launch of a NEW, FREE forum for businesses across the plastics supply chain to communicate, meet and learn The PLASTICS netWORK will bring together experience and knowledge from across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and the Black Country and provide opportunities...

24th February 2021: Ethical Influence and the Power of Words to Change Minds

Leading psycholinguist Felicity Wingrove will be sharing insights into the true power of words and how we can all educate, enthuse, and drive positive environmental change through our choice of language. She'll cover off how to powerfully and ethically influence, and...

25th February 2021: Living Walls

Living (green) wall installations have emerged on the commercial market in the past two decades and have rapidly become a prominent architectural feature in many cities. Much emphasis in research has been placed on the potential of these systems to increase buildings...

28th April 2021: Water and the Environment – Smart Rural 5

Continuing with the Smart Rural theme, CREST is excited to announce this networking and knowledge sharing event on the topic of water and the environment. Details TBC. CREST@UCS is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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...


CREST@UCS (ESBRC project) is based at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS), Shropshire. 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 £2.3M 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


There are some exceptions, but generally your business will need to be:

  • Based in and/or trading from Shropshire or Telford & Wrekin, business to business
  • With fewer than 250 employees
  • Turnover less than the equivalent of 50 million Euros per annum, or a balance sheet of less than 43 million Euros

The following sectors are ineligible for ERDF support through CREST:

  1. Retail
  2. Building and decommissioning of nuclear power stations
  3. Provision of local social welfare facilities e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, child-minding facilities, sports facilities, parks, public libraries
  4. Coastal protection, soil conservation and infrastructures; all with an exclusively agricultural bias, reforestation and prevention of forest fires. This does not include green infrastructure which is eligible under ERDF
  5. Building and renovation of housing, except for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy operations.
  6. Major infrastructure in private sector ports
  7. Agriculture and primary production.

Contact us to turn your ideas into reality and make a real difference:

Contact us to turn your ideas into reality and make a real difference:

University Centre Shrewsbury
Frankwell Quay

The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology.