Finding a route to business success

23 Jan 2009 13:44:00.000

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The University of Nottingham is making its expertise available to businesses through the East Midlands Knowledge Network — a new interactive website intended to stimulate academic collaboration with the business world.


The East Midlands Knowledge Network (EMKN) offers a comprehensive list of all the business services offered by The University of Nottingham and the region’s nine other universities at


The University of Nottingham offers an extensive array of high quality business services through the website, relevant to businesses of all sizes seeking an extra edge — particularly in the current economic downturn.

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The Network — put together by the East Midlands Universities Association (EMUA) — has identified higher education services across the region and presented them in an accessible format that ensures businesses can easily find the support best suited to their needs.


Universities in Nottinghamshire have already worked with a wide variety of companies and organisations including Future Health Technologies Ltd, Nemaura Pharma Ltd, Thorntons, Zimupa Ltd, Freshcut Foods Ltd, Nottingham City Community Educational Psychology Service, Skylight Media Ltd and the Nova Scotia Gaming Company.


Information about these companies, and many others who have benefitted from university expertise, can be found on the website.


Mike Carr, Executive Director of Business Services at the East Midlands Development Agency, said: “The East Midlands Knowledge Network plays a very important role in building links between regional businesses and universities.


“Enabling businesses to benefit from the expertise and resources of our universities is more relevant than ever in the current economic climate. The EMKN will support innovation in companies, helping them to develop and implement new ideas which may give them an all important competitive advantage.”


In addition to the EMKN website, EMUA have also produced a paper route map which features the striking EMKN tube map design and lists service areas and contact details. Copies of the map can be obtained by emailing contact details to


Services are divided into eight colour-coded categories or tube lines on the EMKN plan. These can be navigated through either the menu of services, or through an interactive map that shows a series of stops along each line. Each tube stop gives details of service providers and includes up-to-date case studies. Details for all the universities involved in the network can be found on the Universities Contacts page.


Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Knowledge Transfer at The University of Nottingham, said: “The University has a very long track record of working with businesses, offering cutting-edge knowledge and world-class research to give businesses a competitive edge. We hope that the EMKN will build on this by stimulating new links with businesses who can benefit from the wealth of expertise that we have to offer.”


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Notes to editors:

The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

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More information is available from Su Strange , Information Officer, East Midlands Universities Association, on +44 (0)1509 217797,

Tim Utton

Tim Utton - Deputy Director of Communications

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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