The Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme (KRISP) has been designed to support businesses that are thinking about, or are currently in the process of, developing a new product, process or service. By providing academic expertise and dedicated human resource we can deliver the expertise, focus and processes that will help your business innovate and grow. The programme is fully-funded and open to small-to-medium sized UK businesses in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire area.

With the programme coming to a close in May 2019 we are hosting an event to celebrate the success of the programme and reveal where we're going next in supporting innovation in local business. Since the project began in 2017 KRISP has helped over 140 local SMEs in a diverse range of sectors. Keele University students have also benefited with over 220 being paired with the businesses working as Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) Associates building their skills and knowledge in the industry. 


Registration for the event has now closed. Should you wish to attend, we welcome you to arrive in good time where you will have the opportunity to register on the day.

Registration is currently closed.


  • Arrival, registration and networking

  • Welcome and introduction

    • Dr Mark Bacon, Director of Strategy & Director of Research, Innovation and Engagement, Keele University
  • KRISP: Supporting businesses through innovation

    • Rob McKay, KRISP Project Manager, Keele University
  • Testimonials from KRISP businesses

    Short presentations followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience

  • Comfort break

  • Keynote speaker

    • David Hyner, Professional speaker and researcher, Stretch Development
  • Closing remarks

  • Refreshments and networking


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Dr Mark Bacon

Director of Strategy & Director of Research, Innovation and Engagement, Keele University

Dr Bacon joined Keele University in February 2015, and is currently Director of Research, Innovation...
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Rob McKay

KRISP Project Manager, Keele University

Rob is Project Manager for Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme, and has a strong passion...
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David Hyner

Professional speaker and researcher, Stretch Development

Author, speaker and researcher David Hyner has previously hosted BBC radio shows on "positive thinki...
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Dr Nick Gostick

Director of Smart Innovation Hub, Keele University

Nick joined Keele in February 2019 as Director of the Smart Innovation Hub. Due to open in September...
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Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre
Yarnfield Lane
Staffordshire ST15 0NL

Tel: 01785 762 605
Web: https://yarnfieldpark.com/

By Rail

Stone railway station is approximately 3.5 miles from Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, and served by the West Coast Mainline. London Midland operate an hourly timetable serviced by trains traveling between Liverpool Lime Street and London Euston.

By Car

Yarnfield Park provides complimentary car parking onsite for up to 400 spaces.

It is located within easy access of the M6, either 10 minutes from Junction 14 or 15 minutes from Junction 15.

If approaching Yarnfield Park from the south on leaving the M6 J14 your Satellite Navigation system may direct you up the A5013/ Eccleshall Road. However the quickest way is to take the A34 north towards Stone and enter Yarnfield Lane at the Wayfarer pub on the left.


Contact Us

Keele University has appointed Glasgows to assist in the organisation and management of the KRISP Celebratory event. If you have queries relating to the event or your registration please contact Glasgows by email to KRISPevent@glasgows.co.uk or call 01772 767736.

For general enquiries relating to Keele business or the Keele Research and Innovation Support Programme, please contact by e-mail to business.gateway@keele.ac.uk or call 01782 733001.