Support networks and facilities for innovation and R&D

Business innovation centres

Business innovation centres (BICs) give support to innovative businesses and entrepreneurs. They aim to help young companies survive and grow during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. This is known as incubation.

Services include:

  • information about sharing premises with similar companies, such as in a science park - for more information see the page in this guide on science parks
  • advice about management, strategy and planning
  • technological help
  • help with finding manufacturers and markets for innovative products and services
  • expert partnership and mentoring
  • access to training
  • access to other sources of help

The European Community runs a scheme to certify BICs, of which more than 150 are gathered under the umbrella of the European Business Network (EBN).

Search a list of EBN members on the EBN website.

You can also keep up to date with all the latest news about incubators on the UK Business Incubation (UKBI) website.

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