On Thursday 25 January 2024, Salford Business School, part of the University of Salford launched the Centre for Sustainable Innovation (CSI) to help businesses embrace change and become more sustainable.

Based in the Maxwell Building of the University’s Peel Park Campus, the centre will bring together leading academics, policymakers and industry partners to drive innovation and support our region’s businesses.

The CSI will focus on pioneering developments in digital transformation and sustainability, connected by a ‘golden thread’ of change management and Innovation.

Bridging the gap between academia and the business world, the CSI will provide a platform for Greater Manchester businesses to access cutting-edge knowledge and research. This includes skills and capacity building workshops and research and development support, empowering businesses to stay ahead of the competition.

In the rapidly changing landscape of business, there are numerous challenges on the journey towards growth including environmental, financial, sustainability and innovation. The Centre for Sustainable Innovation aims to be a guiding light for businesses ready to embrace a greener, more profitable future.

Embedded within Salford Business school, CSI will operate a multi-disciplinary approach, partners accessing the service will have the opportunity to connect with experts from across the University, promoting a collaborative approach which is particularly powerful in addressing multifaceted challenges and driving meaningful, sustainable change.


Services offered by CSI include:

  • Tailored solutions to boost business growth – Improve success rates, drive value and change your business outcomes.
  • Proven methods for successful organisational change – Stay ahead of the competition, and future-proof your business.
  • Innovative digital solutions for modernising businesses
  • Expert advice on sustainable practices – Strengthen your brand positioning, elevate your business offering and minimise waste.
  • Strategies to achieve carbon neutrality – make a meaningful transition to a brighter future.
  • Partnerships that amplify opportunities – With partners like the Growth Co and CSI can support your innovation journey with the right network.
  • Access to world-leading facilities: – The Salford Business School at the University of Salford has direct contact with Energy House 2.0and NERIC as well as the Robotics Centre and many more state-of-the-art, innovative media and research centres.


Dr Francine Morris, Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement at Salford Business School, commented: “Salford Business School has a long-standing reputation of excellent collaboration with business. Our new centre completes our vision of providing a critical service to the business ecosystem, by providing rigorous and impactful solutions to contemporary business problems. I’m delighted to be working with our dedicated team of academics, led by our new Centre Director Sara Boswell, and I’m excited about the impact we are going to make at the Centre for Sustainable Innovation, where embracing change and collaboration leads to transformation.”