A Wolverhampton business has become the first to receive
funding of up to £5,000 through a new voucher scheme delivered by
the city’s University.
The Business Solutions Voucher scheme aims to support the
economic regeneration of Wolverhampton by encouraging innovation in
Environmental contractor McAuliffe, based in Northcott Road,
Wolverhampton, has just received £5,000 from the scheme.
A Business Solutions Voucher is worth up to £5,000 and can be
redeemed against the cost of practical advice, expertise and access
to specialist equipment or services provided by the University of
Wolverhampton in relation to specific innovation related
McAuliffe will use the voucher to buy consultancy services from
the University. The company is seeking industry-recognised
accreditations, so the first step will involve a gap analysis to
establish how they currently operate compared to the requirements
to achieve accreditation.
The voucher will also be used to scope out the possibility of a
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
with the University in environmental management. This involves a
highly skilled graduate working on a specific project for a
company, with support from University academics.
Marc Fleetham, Director of Business Solutions at the University,
said: “The Voucher is intended to encourage businesses who
previously haven’t worked with our University to come forward with
commercial projects/ideas that could benefit from using university
expertise. Most businesses applying for a voucher do not have the
internal resources or capability to make it happen, this is were we
step in to deliver.”
John McAuliffe, Managing Director, said: “We are delighted with
the award of the first business solutions voucher at what is an
exciting time for the McAuliffe Group.
“This opportunity will kick-start this vital project as part of
a wider programme of continuous improvement integral with our
three-year business plan.
“We look forward to strengthening our well established links
with University of Wolverhampton, integrating their knowledge and
expertise to further enhance our core skills within the
construction industry and contaminated land sector.”
The scheme is open to start-up companies or existing businesses
in Wolverhampton. Other examples of how the money can be used
include market research and analysis projects, software
development, prototype development and testing, and use of the
University’s research and specialist equipment facilities.
Information about the scheme is available from the Wolverhampton Business Solutions
Centre, a partnership of the University of Wolverhampton, City
of Wolverhampton College, Black Country Chamber of Commerce,
Wolverhampton City Council and Business Link West Midlands.
The Centre launched in September and is believed to be the first
of its kind in the country. Based at Wolverhampton Science Park, it
aims to have a positive economic impact on the city and West
Midlands region by providing a single point of access to business
For more information about the scheme, call 01902 321272 or
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Date Issued: Monday, 06 December 2010
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