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The University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform launched in 2014. Since then we’ve helped businesses raise over £2 million in R&D funding, created over 300 green economy jobs and helped develop over 70 new products and services.

The Green Growth Platform builds on the University of Brighton’s strong track record in working with businesses and supporting low carbon and environmental business growth.

We’re a regional delivery partner for the Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) business funding and support programme.



Your menu of support

Support available through the South East hub:

Innovation Accelerator

Accelerate product development with technical expertise and facilities at one of our university hubs.

  • Product development
  • Testing and verification
  • Innovation funding and grants
  • Student projects

Clean Growth Fast Track

Clean Growth Fast Track is a 90-day competitive programme that combines university R&D support with the key ingredients to making new ideas commercially successful.

Regional opportunities

Our team has extensive local knowledge and can link you to business support and funding schemes across the region.

In the South East region, we’re helping businesses access £10,000 grant funding and 12 hours’ business support through the LoCASE programme.

Interested? Join us, and arrange a Discovery Meeting with one of our advisers to kick-off your support.

Meet the team

Zoë Osmond
Director, Clean Growth UK

An MBA and Development Studies degree holder, Zoë has over 15 years’ experience of developing business opportunities and facilitating innovation in low carbon and environmental sectors.

Jo Carpenter
Network Manager

Jo’s role is to coordinate the activities of the Green Growth Platform and to support the development of the Clean Growth UK network. She holds Environmental Sciences degree from the University of Brighton and has previously worked in local government waste management, including leading on the development and expansion of recycling services.

Marco Picco
Innovation Lead

A qualified Civil Engineer, Marco has a PhD in Industrial engineering – Technologies for Energy and Environment. Active researcher in the fields of sustainability and Energy efficiency in Buildings, with a focus on whole building energy performance evaluation and integration of advanced simulation tools in the design process of buildings.

Nick Jagger
Business Researcher

Nick helps businesses access the University of Brighton’s expertise and facilities. Recently received his PhD examining low carbon skills, Nick has over 30 years’ experience in applied policy research, concentrating on the demand for high-level science, engineering and technical skills by employers.

Mark Riminton
Business Development Manager

Mark is responsible for Clean Growth UK’s Rapid Decarbonisation Consortium, a forum in which large corporates collaborate on solving problems on the road to Net Zero. Mark leads the Clean Growth Fast Track, an accelerator for SMEs bringing low carbon products & services to market. A former consultant & business coach, Mark has experience of working with businesses & investors. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Kerry Byott
Business Growth Manager

With previous experience working with the Business East Sussex Growth Hub, Kerry has also sat on the FSB 1066 Branch, FSB East Sussex Regional Committee, FSB East Sussex Policy Group and FSB Membership. A music lover and keen outdoorswoman, Kerry also ran her own Recruitment business.

Robb Cunningham
Marketing and Communications Manager

Robb is responsible for the marketing of Clean Growth UK and the Green Growth Platform. He has a masters in Economics and French and a PG Cert in Social marketing, and has held marketing and project management roles at a variety of public and private organisations.

Dan Baverstock
Digital Officer

Part of Clean Growth UK’s marketing team, Dan is responsible for the design and maintenance of the CRM database, helping maintain the website and monitoring the site analytics. With 10 years of Local Government Experience around the South East, Dan also holds a ECT Galileo Renewable energy certificate.

Liz Johnson
KTP Manager

Liz focuses on KTP business development activities and developing funding applications for CGUK projects. A qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner with over 10 years experience in project management and delivering government funding schemes, Liz also has extensive business/university collaboration experience from her previous role at Newcastle University.

Cassie Galbraith
Marketing Assistant

With previous experience in digital marketing for a Brighton-based recruitment firm, Cassie works as part of the Clean Growth UK’s marketing team. She holds a degree in International Tourism Management from the University of Chester, having previously completed a internship focusing on destination marketing.

Richard Evans
Project Manager

Richard’s role is to support the delivery of projects carried out within the Green Growth Platform & Clean Growth UK. He holds an MSc in Sustainability from the University of Utrecht & has experience in project coordination and business engagement at both university & civil society settings. As a keen hiker, Richard also likes to be outdoors & walking up mountains when possible!

Joe Pratt
Energy audits assistant

Joe is responsible for assessing SMEs energy usage & assisting them with reducing energy consumption. Joe focuses on the energy efficiency side of LoCASE grant funding, helping SMEs achieve grants to become energy efficient. Currently studying Geography with Remote Sensing & GIS at the University of Brighton, due to their placement year at the Clean Growth UK they will return to complete their final undergraduate year in 2022.

Contact Us

Interested in LoCASE? Visit our dedicated page here.

Green Growth Platform, University of Brighton, Watts Building, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4GJ

01273 641949 | CGUKUob@brighton.ac.uk

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