Lankelma is in the pre-construction sector and specialises in cone penetration testing. Their service gives construction companies an alternative to drilling when they’re investigating the ground before construction begins. The company is committed to sustainability, but wants to go further and embed it fully into their ethos.

Accessing funding

They first came to our South East Hub, the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform, for funding support. We helped them get a grant through the Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) programme that enabled them to install solar panels on their buildings. Since then, we’ve helped them get a carbon footprint audit and make contacts in the wind power industry.

Applying for a KTP

The support around grant funding and renewable energy opened up a conversation with the University of Brighton about a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). A KTP is a funded innovation partnership between a business and a university that lasts from one to three years. Lankelma is now working with the University to apply for a KTP. If it’s successful, they’ll be able to undertake a business transformation project that will revolutionise the way the company works and will open up new opportunities.

Chris Dimelow, General Manager at Lankelma, said:

“Incredibly rewarding both from a financial perspective and our own peace of mind, as the impact we have on our local area is important to us. We want to be seen as forward thinking. We offer a technologically advanced product. So to have that running through the business with EVs helps with our reputation.”