Dryden Enterprise Centre expands access to workspace for business growth and connectivity
Tailored membership packages have been launched at Dryden Enterprise Centre (DEC), home to NTU Enterprise and housed within Nottingham Trent University's City campus.
Membership gives access to one of the UK’s best managed workspaces*, alongside growth support.
Options start as low as £30 plus VAT per month and membership packages offer more than just physical access to DEC's state-of-the-art office facilities and versatile meeting spaces.
By becoming a member, businesses will join a thriving and dynamic community where collaboration and connection are at the core. DEC's modern and flexible workspace is carefully crafted to foster an environment conducive to business expansion and development. Members will interact with fellow entrepreneurs while also engaging with NTU's leading-edge researchers and tapping into its large student community.
There is also an online option at £15 plus VAT per month aimed at those who don’t need space but are still seeking support.
Since June 2021, NTU Enterprise, operating from the Dryden Enterprise Centre, has been instrumental in the creation of 48 new businesses and offered invaluable support to 115 existing companies. Furthermore, it has welcomed 456 students into its Entrepreneurs Club and played a pivotal role in raising an impressive £9.6 million for its vibrant business community.
The packages are designed to provide businesses with dedicated support and grant them entry to an extensive network of like-minded professionals, as well as valuable training opportunities.
They are being launched in conjunction with a series of engaging events scheduled throughout the month:
- Supporting your Start Up Journey - 14 September
A free of charge introductory workshop to find out more about how NTU Enterprise’s business support works. Join in-person or online.
- DEC Connect - 19 September
Network, connect, and share skills while enjoying a light breakfast. This event is designed for entrepreneurs, founders, DEC members, and the wider NTU enterprise community. Book here.
- Drop-in clinics - 20 September
book an appointment for free for 30 minutes with a legal, finance, IP or loan expert Appointments are held at Dryden Enterprise Centre. Book with Knights PLC or First Enterprise Loans.
- Pathway to Growth - 21 September
Discover more about business growth with NTU Enterprise. Business support includes practical workshops, industry networking, signposting to funding opportunities, expert guidance, and high-profile speaker events. Join free of charge in-person or online.
Kevin Kapezi, co-founder and director of Growthack - Specialist Digital Marketing, said: “Being a member of the Dryden Enterprise Centre has been a game-changer. Through NTU Enterprise, we’ve been able to plug into networks we wouldn’t have been able to reach otherwise. Networking at the DEC is natural and easy which is a big tick for us - we’ve had referrals, business opportunities and collaborative partnerships just by having a presence in the community. We’re really looking forward to the upcoming 101 workshops and Deep Dive events.”
*The Dryden Enterprise Centre was a finalist for ‘Workspace of the Year’ at the 2023 Hustle Awards.
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About Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.
The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.
NTU was awarded The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023 and ranked University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023. It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).
NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with approximately 40,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.
Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.
NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data). It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.
NTU is ranked the second most sustainable university in the world in the 2022 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).
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