Sue WarburtonThe University of Bolton and the Business Growth Hub have jointly appointed Susan Warburton as the University’s Innovation Business Development Manager.

Sue will work as part of the Hub’s Innovation Growth Service in conjunction with the University’s Bolton Business Gateway Team, and will be responsible for promoting engagement with the University’s academic schools, research groups and employers, to create opportunities for businesses to innovate and grow through technology transfer and research collaboration.

Sue has more than 25 years’ business development experience, working in senior business support positions at the Business Growth Service and organisations such as Winning Pitch and Magma Digital. In these roles, Sue was responsible for delivering bespoke solutions to help Greater Manchester businesses grow.

Said Sue Warburton: ‘Centres of research and innovation such as University of Bolton are powerful assets and have the potential to contribute a great deal to the growth ambitions of Greater Manchester’s business community. With collaboration between the Hub’s Innovation team, businesses, and the University, we can inspire new, innovative ideas that can translate to successful businesses. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be at the heart of that process and I’m excited about the possibilities this partnership brings.’

At the University of Bolton, Susan reports to Martyn Shaw, Director of Business Development, who heads up the Bolton Business gateway team: ‘Said Martyn: ‘Sue’s appointment is a major step forward in enhancing cooperation between the University and local, innovative businesses. In addition, Sue’s appointment will consolidate links across Greater Manchester between the University and the Business Growth Hub. Already, in the short time Sue has been with us, she has introduced some exciting opportunities for our staff and our students, underpinning our  commitment to engage our students with research and innovation opportunities.’

Chris Greenhalgh, Head of Innovation and Programme Development at Business Growth Hub, said: ‘Susan’s appointment marks an important step as we continue the process of developing our relationships with major academic institutions. With the expertise and research capability on offer at the four universities, we will be able to make access to their expertise and facilities simpler, supporting SMEs to innovate in this increasingly competitive environment. Susan has the experience and aptitude to be a key driver of that process and I am delighted to welcome her to the team. I’m confident that her input will mark part of a new era of collaboration between businesses and major universities across Greater Manchester.’

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