Business Incubators and Accelerators Directory

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Jane Lambert

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has recently published Business incubators and accelerators: the national picture, a research paper for the Department written by Jonathan Bone, Olivia Allen and Christopher Haley of NESTA and a national directory of business incubators and accelerators.

The authors have identified 205 incubators and 163 accelerators in the UK supporting around 3,450 and 3,660 businesses a year respectively. Incubators are to be found throughout the UK but the regions with the highest proportion to the number of businesses are to be found in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Over half of all accelerators are in London though the highest concentration of accelerators to the number of businesses is to be found in Scotland.

As I specialize in advising and acting for start-ups and other small and medium enterprises ("SME") this research is particularly valuable since many of the businesses that I help are to be found in incubators and accelerators. For the last 12 years, I have been holding regular pro-bono IP clinics in the North of England and London and I have recently been offered a column in The Business Innovator Magazine published by the EBN innovation network.

Should anyone wish to discuss this article or IP services for start-ups and SME generally, please call me on +44 (0)20 7404 5252 during office hours or send me a message through my contact form.

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