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Green Growth Platform hits new heights

More than 300 jobs have been created and 70 new products launched with support from a University of Brighton green business organisation.

The figures were released as the University’s Green Growth Platform received a progress report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Platform’s original funder.

HEFCE said the Platform had “met or exceeded” all of its objectives, set out when it was launched in 2014.

Zoë Osmond, Director of Green Growth Platform, said: “We are delighted to have successfully delivered on all of the targets agreed with our original funder over the first five years of the Green Growth Platform.

“Since launch in 2014 we have seen over 1,000 green-focused companies join our network, with more than a quarter of these taking up our intensive innovation, business support or skills services.”

Zoë said the Green Growth Platform had facilitated the following impacts for the “benefit of the regional green economy”:

  • 312 jobs were created or safeguarded
  • 71 new products, processes or services were developed
  • 100 students and graduates were placed with member companies
  • 102 University-business innovations or research and development projects were undertaken
  • £2 million of funding was generated for University-business innovations and research and development projects
  • 15 new green sector courses or modules were developed

Zoë added: “It has been a real pleasure for our team to work with so many passionate and talented businesses and to watch our members flourish and innovate as they create the goods and services we need for a sustainable economy.”

The Platform is about to launch a national partnership of university green business networks, called Clean Growth UK. It will mean green businesses can access facilities and expertise across three different universities.

Zoë said: “We look forward to forging wider connections and facilitating many more exciting opportunities for our members via Clean Growth UK which we will launch at the Futurebuild exhibition at ExCel London on 5, 6 and 7 March. Clean Growth UK creates a wider national network, linking the Green Growth Platform to two other established green business innovation networks, hosted by the universities of Liverpool John Moores and Portsmouth.”

The Green Growth Platform and Clean Growth UK will be at the Clean Growth Cafe at Futurebuild, from 5 to 7 March, stand D119.

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Stephanie Thomson • March 12, 2019

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