10th February 2022: Evolution of Business

As part of the DarwIN Festival, we are joined by John O’Brien MBE to look at the Evolution of Business and the role universities play within the business community. John is a senior advisor to business, high net-worth individuals, charities and governments on the...

Date TBC 2022: PLASTICS netWORK – Reducing Environmental Impact

Plastics … the material everyone loves to hate! It may divide opinion but plastics have an important role to play in today’s society. Many companies need to radically rethink how to integrate sustainability into their products and services … and a place to start is...

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...


The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) offers free support to SMEs who want to reduce their environmental impact, or innovate and develop new products or services.

Our multi-disciplinary team of experts will work closely with your business, undertaking any research required to test or provide academic credibility to your project. They can offer advice and support to 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) and develop successful business models.

Based at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS), Shropshire, 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.

We can offer:

  • 12 hours of business innovation support
  • The potential for longer term research and knowledge sharing projects
  • Themed innovation events, workshops and masterclasses
  • Access to a team of academic experts and state-of-the-art laboratory
  • Access to drones and a geospatial service
  • Specialised business support to help turn your idea into a commodity
  • Links to University of Birmingham ARLI and ATETA business support programmes
  • Networking and collaboration through our business support networks
  • Contacts for student placements and internships


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.