IEZ Expo to help businesses develop and grow

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Discover how Staffordshire University is helping to power up businesses across the region at its first Innovation Enterprise Zone Expo next week

From start-ups to established companies, businesses are invited to learn how they can benefit from Staffordshire University’s exciting Innovation Enterprise Zone (IEZ) – a multimillion-pound initiative dedicated to helping the local economy thrive.

Visitors to the free showcase on Wednesday 27 October will learn how businesses of all sizes can tap into funding through IEZ projects to access new markets, develop new products, drive innovative solutions, develop employee skills and more.

The IEZ is one of just 20 University Enterprise Zones in the country, supported with investment from Research England, and provides businesses with access to academic expertise, student talent, skills provision, leading-edge facilities and funded support.

Guests will also receive a guided tour of specialist facilities, including state-of-the-art labs in advanced manufacturing and materials, digital suites and scientific labs as well as office space which offers a stepping-stone for companies in the early stages of development.

Marek Hornak, Associate Dean for Employer Partnerships and Enterprise, said: “As a Civic University we want to work with SMEs to help them develop and grow, creating high-value jobs across Staffordshire and the wider region.

“There is vast expertise here at Staffordshire University and through the IEZ we have established an enterprise and innovation ecosystem offering funded support, training and high tech facilities that local businesses can take advantage of. This event is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested to find out more and see what we have to offer – we look forward to meeting you!”

The Innovation Enterprise Zone Expo takes place on Wednesday 27 October 2021, 9.30am – 1.30pm in the Mellor Building at Staffordshire University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus. Reserve your place today or contact the Employer Partnerships team to find out more by emailing or calling 0800 169 2148.

Businesses also have chance to visit the IEZ for a series of workshops, webinars and masterclasses to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week from Monday 8 Wednesday 10 November.

Discover more about the business support on offer at

Amy Platts

Media Communications Officer

t: 01782 292702

07799 341911


Staffordshire University is the Connected University; connected to the needs of students, academic partners, business and society. Our main city campus in Stoke-on-Trent features excellent learning and teaching facilities and good transport links. We have specialist Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education at Stafford and Shrewsbury.  

We were recognised with a Gold award in the 2019 Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students.  

We were shortlisted for University of the Year at the THE Awards 2020 and were named ‘Midlands University of the Year’ at the Midlands Business Awards 2020. 
Staffordshire University has signed up to the Civic University Agreement, pledging to play a leading role in improving the regional economy and enhancing quality of life in local communities. We were recognised in the top 15 for social inclusion in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. We aim to be a leading university for digital technologies building on our proud computing heritage and in 2019 launched Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute which is committed to preparing students for careers in new and emerging tech industries. 

We are a Top 250 Young University (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020) and are connected globally, with more than 11,000 people studying Staffordshire University degrees overseas.