14th April 2021: Refuse, Reduce, Recycle, Reuse (MMBEN event)

CREST Research Director, Professor Julieanna Powell-Turner, is speaking at this MMBEN event. In a world with a circular economy, waste wouldn’t exist and resources wouldn’t be sent to landfill. This currently isn’t possible for many businesses, but taking on a more...

22nd April 2021: Back to the Source: Unlock the value in your supply chains

An ARLI and University of Birmingham event, Back to the Source is a practical online session which explores the use of raw materials and what this means for businesses and their supply chains as the Earth’s finite resources continue to be depleted and some materials...

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. In collaboration with Shrewsbury Water Forum, we want to share what is happening in Shropshire and promote the...

13th May 2021: Net Zero – Translating this into Future Workforce Demand

Join us for a 2 hour workshop led by Professor Julieanna Powell Turner and Professor Joe Howe from University of Chester, and the Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST), based at University Centre Shrewsbury, and supported by Shropshire...

Date TBC: Shrewsbury Water Forum presents Viruses and Novel Contaminants

This online event from the Shrewsbury Water Forum will include technical talks from experts on viruses and contaminants in water. It is also an opportunity to network with others working in groundwater and environmental fields. Details are TBC. The Shrewsbury Water...


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.