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Supporting Your Enterprise

Connecting your enterprise with our wider community and Nottingham Trent University services

Nottingham Trent University has a rich history of supporting small and medium enterprise locally and nationally. Members benefit from this extensive experience through dedicated support programmes, facilities and access to a wider community of peer and mentor led development.

Working with NTU

NTU Enterprise Support

Our dedicated team offers a flexible and creative working environment to help start-ups establish their business and SMEs to growth further. NTU Enterprise offers business plan support, training and mentoring opportunities for anyone launching for looking to grow their enterprise. Support is open to NTU students, graduates and anyone with a viable idea they want to pursue. Whether you're hoping to go freelance, or build something bigger, we can help.

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NTU research, facilities and talent programmes

Your business can access a broad range of support programmes based on the knowledge and expertise available within NTU. From start-up to scale up, our support can help your organisation to prosper by exploiting academic research outcomes, creating collaborative projects, accessing student and graduate talent, developing new skills and attending business mentoring sessions and wider enterprise-based events from all corners of NTU.

Funded support for entrepreneurs

NTU Enterprise is delivering a dedicated business support programme for eligible entrepreneurs and growing businesses. The project supports enterprising students, graduates, established SMEs at no cost to their organisation, to help them start and grow sustainable businesses. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, until March 2022.

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Case Studies

Supporting successful enterprise

Read more about the inspiring entrepreneurs who have been supported by our enterprise programmes and how our team have supported them to grow.

Amirab : Roda's plans to empower women

Amirab provides high-quality and modest fashionable wear, that allows Muslim women to express both their identity and individuality through clothing. Roda had the idea for Amirab when she noticed a gap in the hijab market which didn’t cater for luxury hijabs for professional Muslim women.

“The Hive was the catalyst I needed to get started, they supported me with mentoring and training whilst also providing me with a place to work and base my business.” Since starting up Amirab has gone from strength to strength, gaining attention from local and international news outlets, whilst trading internationally from their boutique store, located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Super-duo shortlisted for Natwest "Young Entrepereneurs of The Year" Award

Founders and NTU students Sean and Charlotte came up with Super U, an eco-friendly and sustainable brand that provides easy to consume and affordable blends of super-foods, which contain special health benefits. “Through The Hive we had the opportunity to pitch our business idea to investors, in which we were successful! It was such an eye-opening experience, even though it was fairly nerve-wracking, but we were thrilled to know that other people believed in our business!”

Since, they have launched three powdered superfood blends, each possessing unique ingredients with specific health perks. In the long term Super U want to expand their product range further and build a strong foundation of ambassadors on social media. Aiming to be recognised as a successful and trusted health, wellness and fitness brand within the UK and around the world.

WAC success with The Hive

WAC was supported by The Hive, attending the HeadStart programme and receiving a start-up grant. The founder, Georgina, also had mentoring from one of The Hive’s team of experts.

Thanks to The Hive’s support, Georgina was successful in getting to the final of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards in 2018. Following this, she has been able to secure investment for the business and is now part of NTU’s Big House Accelerator programme. After success of the Santander competition, Georgina is supported by Warwick Hill, Senior MD of Microsoft Europe and leader of the Microsoft UK Start-up Accelerator programme, whom she met while taking part in the Santander Entrepreneurship programme.

“Not only did The Hive provide support to build my tiny idea into a growing company, they also helped me… a clueless entrepreneur… grow into a full-blown company owner. The business advisors were extremely helpful.”

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