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Having a membership at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) comes with several advantages that can greatly benefit SMEs and startups.

Here are 10 reasons to get you started:

Networking opportunities:

Connect to a vibrant business community. Network with fellow entrepreneurs, startups and established businesses, fostering collaborations, partnerships and potential clients or investors.

Professional image:

If you are a new business, you can register your business using the 3M BIC’s address and also host meetings and events in a professional and modern setting. These can enhance your company’s image and credibility, especially when meeting with clients, investors or partners and keeps work and home life separate.

Great connectivity:

Benefit from optional post handling and call forwarding, providing peace of mind that your post and calls are being managed when you are busy or away from work and ensuring your business operations run smoothly at all times.

Academic connections:

The centre is affiliated with the University of Huddersfield, which means you can tap into academic expertise and research collaborations. This access to cutting-edge research and innovative thinking can be a significant advantage for businesses seeking to stay at the forefront of their industries.

Support for innovation:

Take advantage of resources at the 3M BIC, such as 3D printing, X-ray and microscopy, which can help you develop new products, services and processes.

Access to funding opportunities:

Through its connections and partnerships, the 3M BIC can signpost you to funding opportunities, grants or investment channels that can help your business secure the capital it needs to grow.

Location advantage:

Huddersfield’s strategic location in the North of England provides proximity to major cities like Leeds and Manchester. This central location can be advantageous for businesses looking to expand their reach and access a broader market.

Flexible office solutions:

Get access to co-working spaces, pop-up offices and meeting rooms. This flexibility allows you to tailor your workspace to your specific needs, whether you are a small team or a growing startup.

Cost savings:

Benefit from discount on meeting room hire, particularly if you regularly host events, as well as cost-effective co-working space. Access high-quality amenities without the high costs associated with maintaining your own office space.


Have the ability to easily scale up your business when you are ready to invest in your own office space, eliminating the need for relocation and minimising disruptions to your operations. The 3M BIC has a range of offices that can accommodate from 2 people upwards.


A membership at the 3M BIC offers SMEs and startups a range of benefits, including access to innovative workspace, business support, networking opportunities, academic connections, cost savings and a professional image. These advantages can help businesses thrive, innovate and succeed in a competitive market while fostering collaboration and growth.


More information about the 3M BIC’s Membership can be found here.

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