21st October 2021: PLASTICS netWORK – Training & Skills

Speakers TBC. Details: Thursday 21st October, 11:00am - 12:00pm. To register for this event please click here. This informal network brings together experience and knowledge from across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and the Black Country and provide opportunities...

18th November 2021: Energy Options for Rural Areas – Smart Rural 6

Currently just a date for the diary, CREST is continuing with the Smart Rural theme, with a networking and knowledge sharing event on the topic of energy. Further details TBC Details: Thursday 18th November, 9:00am - 1:00pm. To register for this event, please click...

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) 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.

CREST (ESBRC Project) 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) 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
  • Access to drones and a geospatial service
  • Specialised business support
  • Links to University of Birmingham ARLI and ATETA business support programmes
  • 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.