Business support

Mutually beneficial collaboration is encouraged and welcomed. The Energy Innovation and Collaboration team can help to forge links between businesses and world-class academics, researchers and graduate talent throughout the energy field.


We work with local businesses every day in a variety of ways. For example, we can find an academic to offer specialist advice on a particular subject, identify equipment or facilities for help in product development, place a student into your business to work on a specific project, or provide bespoke training for staff. 

Energy for Business

We welcome all enquiries, but if your business is classified as an Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) and located in the Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire region you may be able to access funded support through the Energy for Business scheme. Delivered by the Energy Innovation and Collaboration team and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, this low-carbon innovation project offers product research and development, business support and capital funding. Funded support is just the start - we will sign-post you to other opportunities.

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate if you have an innovate project or energy saving idea. By working together we can make a difference to our energy future, help you grow your business and as a result benefit the local economy.

Colette McHugh Putman
Project Manager, Energy Innovation and Collaboration



To be eligible for funded support businesses must be Small or Medium-sized Enterprises (*SMEs) in the D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) region. 

*The European definition of SME follows: "The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding 43 million euro."




The ETC6 project is worth £3.2m, with funding coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the University of Nottingham.

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