See how our partners can help your business.

The BIG in South London programme brings together the expertise, resources and facilities of six universities and colleges in the region (Kingston University, Roehampton University, Wimbledon College of Arts, St Marys University, London South Bank University, Spurgeon’s College and Sussex Innovation Centre), for the ease of business.

Higher education institutes are a hotbed of talent and ideas and there are many benefits to business of working with them. If you’re looking to innovate – perhaps developing a new product or service – then there is no better place to get fresh ideas and a new perspective.

There are different ways in which you can engage with a university, the most common forms include:

  • research and consultancy: accessing academic expertise or knowledge not held within your company to deliver a project or develop a new product or service.
  • student & graduate placements: bringing in the skills of student or graduate to deliver a set project for a set time period
  • short courses: these can take the form of start-up entrepreneurship training, sector-based innovation workshops or professional development
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: helps bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project
  • access to world-leading facilities: from augmented and virtual reality environments to biomechanics laboratories – there are many unique, high tech facilities at universities, that can be hired by business, that are not commercially available elsewhere.

Some of the services available from are fully-funded or can lead to further funding for your business.

By clicking on the university logos below, you can find out exactly what each university has to offer your business, start-up or third sector organisation.

Spurgeon’s College

Spurgeon’s College is a higher education institution in Croydon which is championing and promoting studies in theology and the humanities.

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University of the Arts London logo

University of the Arts London

A world-class university with six renowned Colleges.

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Sussex Innovation Centre

Sussex Innovation (owned by the University of Sussex) runs a number of hubs across the South East including one based in Croydon.

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St Marys University Twickenham London logo

St Marys University

St Mary’s has an established culture of research with dedicated hubs of excellence across theology, bioethics and emerging technologies, law and culture and sport.

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University of Roehampton logo


At Roehampton our research expertise spans the health sciences, arts and humanities, business, education and social sciences.

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London South Bank University logo


South Bank Innovation, part of the London South Bank University, delivers impactful support to London’s Business Community.

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Kingston University logo


Kingston University is the largest education provider in South London. Our supportive, diverse and inclusive community is one of our greatest strengths.

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