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We have £9.3m to help SMEs to develop new products or services in collaboration with Universities, research institutes and the best graduate talent. In doing this, we will foster a new knowledge community delivering growth, access to expertise and research impact across four Local Enterprise Partnership areas.

What is KEEP+?

KEEP+ is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported programme, which opened on 1st January 2017, to support Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMEs) to access knowledge and expertise through collaboration with the University sector.

KEEP+ will provide your business with flexible opportunities for innovation, with a focus on developing new products or services, increasing profitability, reducing costs, providing opportunities to collaborate and accessing graduate talent.

KEEP+ is a partnership of seven delivery partners and is open to SMEs with their registered head office, as per its Companies House records, within England, ideally within the Programme's core geographical area located in the following four Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas:

How can my business benefit from KEEP+?

The KEEP+ Programme can offer your company expertise you do not already possess and in the case of KEEPs (see below) that expertise will be embedded into your organisation for future use and benefit.

The range of interventions below can cover a wide variety of business needs and scenarios, subject to assistance from the European Regional Development Fund:

Depending on which part of the KEEP+ Programme is best suited to your needs, by accessing the programme your business will benefit from:

The KEEP+ Programme is a match funded activity, with part of the cost of each activity being met by the European Regional Development Fund and part by the beneficiary SME. SME match funding contributions are generally 50% for revenue costs and 70% for capital costs.

The KEEP+ Team will be happy to discuss which of the programme offers is best suited to your business needs in more detail, via the contact details listed below.

Factsheets with further information for SMEs, potential interns and associates can be downloaded in pdf form here:

Am I Eligible for KEEP+?

To qualify for KEEP+ funding, your business will need to meet the following initial criteria:

If your business meets the above criteria and you are interested in benefitting from the programme, the KEEP+ Team would be pleased to hear from you to discuss further via the contact details listed below.

Live Opportunities

SMEs who are eligible to the benefit from the KEEP+ programme will post tender details for academic and graduate expertise to work collaboratively on a specific project. New opportunities are posted regularly on the KEEP+ website and via associated networks, from businesses seeking support from a Knowledge Base. Also from time to time Knowledge Bases will advertise job opportunities resulting from successful KEEP+ tenders.

Details of current live tenders and job opportunities can be found here:

Contact the KEEP+ Team

To find out more about how the KEEP+ programme can help your business, please contact:

Carole Randall - KEEP+ Programme Manager

01245 684310
Cheryl Cook - KEEP+ Marketing and Administration Manager

01245 684207
Kayleigh Parkes - KEEP+ Project Finance Officer

01245 684985
Mailing address

Anglia Ruskin University,
Research and Innovation Development Office,
3rd Floor Ashby House,
Bishop Hall Lane,
Chelmsford CM1 1SQ

Delivery Partners

KEEP+ is managed by