Bishop Grosseteste University will officially open its new research and innovation centre at the Lincolnshire Business Expo next week.
The new business support service will help local companies, public and third sector organisations to access research and data analysis to help make better decisions.
Professor Jayne Mitchell, Deputy Vice Chancellor will officially declare the Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre (LORIC) open for business when she addresses county entrepreneurs at Lincolnshire Business Expo on January 17 at the Lincolnshire Showground.
LORIC will provide a range of services, including consultancy, digitisation, Open Data mining, and analysis and research support.
Professor Mitchell explained: “At the moment we’re working on some pilot projects with companies we’ve assisted through other business support projects.
“They’ve seen the benefits of our digitisation, data, research and analysis services and we’re now ready to work with other clients.
“We are offering access to data specialists and researchers who will bring new insights and help businesses and public and private sector organisations to make better decisions about strategy, diversification and innovation.”
The new service will complement Bishop Grosseteste University’s other business support initiatives, the Specialist Skills Advisor and Specialist Teaching (Industry Educator) programmes, and the Business Inspiration programme, which all receive financial support from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
A team of six are currently working for LORIC and Business Inspiration from their temporary home on the university’s campus.
The team will move into the Grade II St Hugh’s building on Newport in Lincoln in the autumn, now that work on its refurbishment and modernisation has begun.
The transformation of the building started this month with local construction company Robert Woodhead and Lincoln architects LK2 appointed to deliver the £4 million project.