In order to compete there is a need to constantly add value to our service and product offers and be able to compete more effectively.

As a business you have to innovate to keep up. Innovation isn’t just for technology businesses; it’s for all sizes and stages of businesses.

Coast to Capital is home to many businesses at the leading edge of innovation.

Growth Hub would like to support more and more businesses to innovate. Our aim is for the region to be widely renowned for its innovative businesses and growing local economy.



This link shows, at the bottom of the page, the organisations and schemes that provide support with innovation and growth.

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Innovate Edge

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Innovate UK EDGE is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s investment in the innovative businesses that drive economic growth. It complements Innovate UK project funding with intensive, specialist-led support for such ambitious businesses.

Each high-potential, innovative business in our portfolio benefits from the objective perspective of a dedicated innovation and growth specialist local to them. Our specialist considers a business in the round and, working closely with its leadership, identifies the most productive ways to accelerate its growth.

Helping innovative high-growth SMEs through COVID-19 and beyond

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A walk through of how Innovate UK EDGE has supported high-growth businesses through coronavirus and beyond

Barclays Eagle Labs

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Barclays is investing in the future of Brighton by supporting entrepreneurs and ambitious businesses and helping them to innovate and scale.

Specialising in the creative industry with onsite Industry 4.0 expertise, our Brighton Lab is helping the local economy to grow.

Brighton Research Innovation Technology Exchange (BRITE)

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Working to overcome difficulties drives businesses to become more creative and innovative than ever before. Using research-based insights to strengthen entrepreneurship, undertake effective innovation management and build high-performing, agile organisations has proven to be an effective approach.

Eligible SMEs can now gain access to leading innovation research, expertise and support in developing new skills and in planning the implementation of an open innovation strategy through the BRITE programme.



No matter how insightful or exciting the vision for your enterprise may be, it is only ever the getting there which determines your success.

Innovate UK

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Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

We drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.



The Innovate2Succeed programme is designed to stimulate innovation, improve competitiveness and reduce the risks of and improve the efficiency of launching a new product or service.

RISE Programme: Research and Innovation

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The RISE project can help your business innovate and grow.

Business innovation is critical for enhancing your productivity and competitiveness. Through the RISE project, the Universities of Brighton and Sussex are offering free business innovation support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in West Sussex. We’ll help you progress your innovation approach, whether you’re just getting started or already have an idea that you’d like to develop. RISE can help you develop unique collaborations and give you access to cutting edge technologies and approaches.

SINC - Monetising Innovation

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Building Products Customers Crave

Now more than ever, ambitious organisations need to build products that customers can't live without. The global pandemic is changing our world: how people work, travel, socialise, create, find purpose, educate, exercise and entertain themselves. Explore how your business will tap into insight, knowledge and trends to respond to the challenge - from here and now to far beyond 2020 - with a new programme of research, consultancy and support from Sussex Innovation.

Tech Nation support programmes

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Over the last few years, we’ve worked with hundreds of the UK’s leading tech companies and had the opportunity to hone our growth programme offering, to ensure the companies involved have the support, advice and connections to help your company thrive.

Whether you’re an early-stage founder trying to get things off the ground, or a late-stage CEO steering a much bigger ship, we have the perfect growth or sector programme for you.

The Business Hothouse - Commercialising Innovation

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Exploiting a new idea, a new product or a new service can lead to increased business productivity and growth. These free workshops are aimed at businesses who intend to create growth through researching, developing or using innovation.

Knowledge Transfer Network funding round-up

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The funding landscape can be complex, so Knowledge Transfer Network's Emerging and Enabling Technologies teams have created a list of some of the latest relevant funding calls for the Emerging Technologies and Quantum sectors, as well as for the Electronics, Photonics, Sensors and ICT ones.

Clean Growth UK - South East Hub

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Clean Growth UK catalyses clean and green innovation through access to university expertise and facilities and commercialisation and investment support.

We’re a one-stop shop for green business growth.

Through our three university hubs, we provide and broker support focused on developing innovations, commercialising ideas, and securing funding for businesses on a mission to protect the planet for future generations.

We offer in-house support, as well as connecting you with innovation and growth support available through other organisations. All of our in-house support is either free or part-funded.

To work with us, you must be a member. Membership is free, and you get access to a suite of downloadable business resources, a regular newsletter highlighting the latest regional green business opportunities and the opportunity to apply for our free and part-funded support.

Commercialising Innovation

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Exploiting a new idea, a new product or a new service can lead to increased business productivity and growth. These free workshops are aimed at businesses who intend to create growth through researching, developing or using innovation.

Department for International Trade (DIT)

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. They provide practical support to UK businesses at home and overseas and help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

Through UK Export Finance they help to ensure no viable UK export should fail for lack of finance or insurance.

Green Growth Platform

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The University of Brighton's Green Growth Platform supports a thriving and innovative green sector in Sussex through an exciting network of environmentally focused businesses.

Innovate UK - Business Basics Fund

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A second competition has now launched by BEIS under the Business Basics fund, with a further £2 million of funding to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to adopt productivity-boosting technologies and management practices.

Be The Business

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A group of business leaders today issued a rallying call for British businesses to engage with solving the UK's poor productivity at the launch of 'Be the Business', a movement which will inspire businesses to be the best they can be, providing practical tools to assist them and be a catalyst for change.

Business Propeller

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Business Propeller offers the ambitious business owner the opportunity to gain knowledge, share experiences and grow influential networks from seasoned professionals, who have all owned, started and led their own multi-million pound businesses.



Climate-KIC is Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership, working together to address the challenge of climate change.

Design Council

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The Design Council champions great design. For us, that means design that improves lives and makes things better.

Enterprise Nation

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Business support for the price of two cups of coffee

Business owners have often asked us why business support can't be delivered on the same basis as cloud software and subscription movies; paid for on a monthly basis and accessed 24/7.

We've listened and acted.

You can now tap into modern business support from Enterprise Nation for only £4 per month.

Institute Of Export

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Institute of Export can offer your business a unique range of individual and business membership benefits and a world renowned suite of qualifications and training.

Institution of Engineering Technology Sussex

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We are the local network of the IET, organising events and seminars and promoting engineering in schools and businesses across the county.



MDHUB is the premier peer to peer business growth network for Managing Directors and their Senior Board Directors in the South of England.

Sussex Innovation (SINC) - Falmer and Croydon

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At Sussex Innovation, we help you realise your ambitions for rapid growth by supporting you through the growing pains that all businesses experience. This includes areas such as new business strategy, infrastructure, recruitment and establishing new industry relationships. We'll give you the confidence, direction and skills you need to take your business to the next level.

The Happy Start-Up School

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We run transformational programs and events for founders, leaders and teams from 1 day workshops to 3 month programs. Get in touch if you have any questions about any of the things we do or if you'd like to invite us in to speak or help bring your ideas to life.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

The Knowledge Transfer Network

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The KTN is the UK's innovation network.

University of Brighton

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If you want to recruit talent, train your workforce or access expertise, we may well be able to help you. You could also collaborate with us on a joint venture, or get help with government funding.

We have a long history of working with businesses, education providers and public sector organisations. Talk to us to find out more.

University of Sussex

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The University of Sussex is a leading research university, with a worldwide reputation for innovation and inspiration.

The University of Sussex provides a range of services including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, IP, Research and placements.

The Business Hothouse - Business Knowledge Network

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The University of Chichester Business School runs the Business Knowledge Network, which is aimed at all businesses and organisations who would like to meet other local businesses and organisations. There is a 'Hot Topic' slot at every meeting, where we discuss a specific and current area of business.

EU trade marks from 1 January 2021

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Guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trade marks at the end of the transition period.

IP BASICS: What is Intellectual Property?

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Published on 27 Nov 2015

Part of the IP Basics series: A quick intro to intellectual property from the IPO.

Part of a new series of 12 short videos

Understanding intellectual property

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This short business support video helps you to understand the importance of Intellectual Property focussing on Trade Marks and Copyright.

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