Hi-Tech Business Unit


UMIC High-Tech Business Support


Incubator Services
Provision and facilities management of 18,000 ft sq of flexible space consisting of offices/research facilities from 120 ft sq to 1,200 ft sq. Available in a range of modular options for each stage of business growth.

License under 12 months - providing flexible easy-in, easy-out terms. Vital for when a business needs to grow. License can be rolled over into a larger unit, or alternatively, only one month’s notice required if needing to leave.

Lease over 12 months
- if a more secure tenancy is required for peace of mind. Leases available up to two years with qualifying incentives such as rental holidays.

Pay As You Grow - for companies that will need larger space in a short time due to sustained growth. UMIC can provide a ‘tailor made incentive' on accessing larger offices based upon growth targets. This minimizes any interim moves required and so decreases disruption to the business during it's critical growth phases.

The following facilities are available for tenants:

  • A range of state of the art broadband (through a secure, private supply) and telephony services.
  • IT services are also provided by UMIC staff, including: IT planning, desktop support, software installation, compliance advice, and purchasing and supply advice.
  • Furniture packs within each office and access to further discounted purchasing.
  • Leveraged buying and discounts through UMIC and msp network facilities.

Incubation Services
Business counseling and management assistance from UMIC executives, or external associates, in a range of areas of expertise including;- marketing and market research, funding and finance raising, technology development, networking and signposting, business process development, compliance, H&S advice, service level agreements and contract development.

Coaching and mentoring by successful business owners and UMIC executives.

Access to University of Manchester Intellectual Property Services for qualifying companies, e.g.

  • Company secretarial

  • Finance/accounts management

  • Project management advice

  • Funding access - Proof of principle

  • Proof of concept

  • Syndicated funding

  • IP development/protection

  • Joint ventures

  • Technology licensing

  • Technology Knowledge Brokering through a 70 member network

Research contracts development for qualifying companies;

  • Consultancy and access to international experts

  • Innovation and advisory services and network development

  • Knowledge transfer partnerships/EngD/Case awards

  • Bespoke research development

  • IP partnering/ assignment and technology brokerage


    Access to the Winning Business Academy services for qualifying companies:

    • The tools, techniques and approaches that are proven to deliver increases in profitable sales

    • Ready access to strategic and tactical advise that helps to improve the Winning Business process; this will include research, lead generation, personal development, communication strategy, negotiations skills

    • Visibility in the market place, particularly with customers and the professional services network

    Programme of events of value to stakeholders - tenants, regional funders, UMIP/UMIC/msp high tech pipeline projects, external organisations interested in collaborating or migrating to the incubator:

    • Themed workshops/evening networking

    • Monthly Clinic

    • Breakfast networking

    • Specific seminars & workshops


    Grant and soft finance funding identification, application & compliance and assistance.


    Membership of Manchester Momentum for qualifying companies:

    • Expert help line

    • Events

    • Peer to peer networking

    • Peer to peer mentoring

    • Graduate recruitment networking

    • Showcasing

    • Vice President lunches

    • Recruitment assistance through careers service

    PR assistance and onward promotion of companies and profile raising through Barker PR, UMIC’s retained experts.