Business Advice Programme

Business Advice Programme
Do you have a new cleantech or environmental technology business idea?

Are you an early-stage or growing business?

Could you benefit from free business advice in areas such as:
  Business & Strategy Planning
   Preparing for Fundraising and Identifying Finance
  Marketing for Growth
  Networking & Introductions
  Professional Services Support
  Management Team and Board Strengthening and Executive Mentoring
Technology Evaluation and Readiness

From idea to impact, whatever your business need, we can help! We have a team of dedicated Business Advisors with extensive experience in the challenges that can face cleantech businesses and they are here to help you!

Cambridge Cleantech (in collaboration with Future Business & the ERDF) can offer you up-to 12 hours of free 1-2-1 advice on key areas that are challenging your business.
Our Goals

Cambridge Cleantech believes that entrepreneurship and innovation is at the very core of the cleantech industry. For the industry to be successful and continue to grow into the world-leading cluster we believe it can be, we must support business at all stages of their evolution, from pre-start all the way through to multinational. As a result, our core goals are to:
  • Promote collaboration between higher education, the scientific and research community and the cleantech sector.
  • Support cleantech entrepreneurs at their very earliest stages.
  • Ensure that start-ups have all the tools and resources available to them that would usually only be available to much more established businesses.
  • Help more established cleantech companies with market-readiness and expansion.
  • Create opportunities!
What You Get?
Our Programme is completely bespoke to your key challenges, but is likely to include some (or all) of the following elements:
  • Up-to 12 hours of free, 1-2-1 business advice.
  • A review of your key challenges and development of a tailored action plan.
  • Access and support of experienced advisors and mentors.
  • Introduction to relevant contacts to help address your challenges.
  • Access to our Programme of support events on key business topics.
  • Access to our schedule of professional service provider drop-in clinics.
What Will It Cost You?
Absolutely nothing financially! - Our Business Advice Programme is funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund and is free-of-charge to all eligible participants (it is actually counted as Di Minimis State Aid).
However, we need you to be committed. We are here to assist and advise you, but these are your business challenges and we believe that to be successful, we will need to work together.

Who’s Eligible
As long as you are an SME (i.e. under 250 employees) and operate in the East of England – you’re eligible! If in doubt, please contact us to discuss your circumstances, but our goal is to help if we possibly can.

If this Programme sounds interesting to you and you’d like to learn more about how exactly we might be able to help you, please contact Paul Hughes at

Our Business Advisors
Paul Hughes
Paul is in charge of coordinating all of Cambridge Cleantech’s Business Advice services.
Paul has over 25 years’ experience in working with exciting, entrepreneurial technology-based businesses.  Paul has focused much of his career with start-up, emerging and developing businesses in various technology industries, including cleantech, bioscience, pharmaceutical and ICT.  Paul co-founded one of the UK's leading cleantech businesses which developed technology for the production of biofuels from biomass.

He has a unique blend of entrepreneurial and advisory experience having begun his career with one of Cambridge's earliest computer successes, Sinclair Research, working in international agri-biotech at Twyford International, then moving to Wall Street in New York to work in International Corporate Finance, before returning to the UK to form his own corporate finance consultancy and founding TMO Renewables.. 
Dr. Roger Thornton
Roger is focused on technical and commercial readiness, market opportunity and growth opportunities.
Roger has extensive technical experience in developing a broad range of products and processes for transport, industrial, medical and consumer applications and as such has a wealth of experience in managing the delivery of complex multi-disciplinary technology driven programmes. 
Having worked with a number of the major technical consultancies in the Cambridge area (including PA Technology, The Technology Partnership, and Ricardo) he has a strong track record of turning new ideas and concepts into practical solutions and real products.
This programme has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.