In 2011, the Council for Industry and Higher Education (now NCUB) was asked to undertake research into the relationship between the actvities of higher education providers in London, the South East and East Anglia and the development needs of SMEs. This report focuses on ways of increasing collaboration between higher education and business in two sectors – Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism and Creative, Digital and Technology.

The report identified a number of key challenges including SMEs need to see a quick return and a tangible benefit in working with a higher education partner. Read the report to see more of the untapped opportunities for SME-HE collaboration.