The University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform launched in 2014. Since then we’ve helped business 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 program.



Your menu of support

Support available through the South East hub:


Our regional hubs connect you with the university resources, expertise and facilities you need to develop, test and validate clean and green innovations.

You can get:

  • Specialist University expertise and facilities
  • Innovation and R&D funding
  • Innovation project delivery
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Student projects


The support we offer is tailored to your business. After an initial discovery meeting, you choose a programme of support that suits you.

We‘ve got in-house expert advisors in business and commercial strategy, market exploration, finance, IP, legal services and procurement.

You can get:

  • Free workshops
  • 1-2-1 advice and coaching
  • Profitnet
  • Grant application support

Investment & funding

Our Investment Readiness Platform helps you get in place the right business structures, proof that there’s market demand and a sound understanding of what your target funders or investors are looking for – saving you time and maximising your chances of success.

You can get:

  • Assess your business against our Investability Indicator
  • Work 1-2-1 with a Clean Growth UK investment coach
  • Develop a presentable business plan and a compelling pitch

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

Latest regional opportunities

Funding: LoCASE

LoCASE provides grants of up to £10,000 for green businesses in East Sussex for business development projects and energy efficiency improvements.


Funding: EMphasis3

Grants for energy efficiency and low carbon innovation.

Meet the team

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.

Lorraine Bell
Commercialisation Manager

Lorraine leads on the development and delivery of the commercialisation services of CGUK and Green Growth Platform A BA Hons University of Brighton Alumni, Lorraine has 20 years business advisory experience and running business support programmes including the successful Profitnet programme.

Mark Riminton
Investment Platform Manager

Mark is responsible for Clean Growth UK’s industrial relationships and for its investor readiness development track for SMEs. A former consultant and business coach, Mark has long experience of working with UK business owners and investors. Mark is 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.

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.

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 |

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