About CREST@UCS

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 business support programme
  • Networking and collaboration through our business support networks
  • Contacts for student placements and internships

​Eligibility

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

27th April 2022: Renewable Energy for Our Planet and Your Business

An event from the Business Environment Network but sponsored by CREST. The line-up already includes: Energy Research Accelerator: David Terry – Innovating Midland Energy Infrastructure The Clean Tech Business Group: On-site energy generation plus energy storage and...

15th June: UCS Business Expo – Funding, Research and Innovation

This event will be an opportunity to find out more about the support available, both academic and financial, to develop you concept into a product or service Details TBC but as Covid restrictions fully lift, we want to welcome you back to University Centre Shrewsbury,...

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...

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:

CREST@UCS
University Centre Shrewsbury
Guildhall
Frankwell Quay
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY3 8HQ

The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology.