Growing your Business

Sparkhouse aims to provide new and expanding businesses with the environment they need to succeed and grow through access to workshops, invaluable guidance and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs and experts in the field.

Start Up Funding

Funding your business can be daunting but Sparkhouse can offer support with developing your business plan and financial forecast. These are vital to secure funding from banks, angel networks or investors. Sparkhouse also offers a range of workshops that outline what investors/banks are looking for.

Business Mentoring

One of Sparkhouse’s most valuable assets is its mentoring service; available to all tenants as part of the support service package.

Our mentors are experienced professionals from the region who will share their in-depth knowledge and real-life experience in an industry sector that is relevant to your business.

Available as needed throughout your tenancy, our mentors are will be an invaluable source of support and guidance as your business develops.

Planning Your Business

A business plan is an essential way to organise both your finances and your activity most effectively. It not only helps you identify your targets and goals, but it also crystallises your ideas into a set of achievable milestones.

Writing a business plan can be a daunting task, but we can assist you and give you support and guidance about what the possibilities are for your new business.

For more help, contact us and our team will be happy to help.

Starting a Business

The first steps on your journey in business are some of the hardest, but also some of the most exciting.

Knowing the right direction to take, making the right contacts and investing time and money in the right places – the considerations can seem overwhelming at times. At this stage of business it is essential to surround yourself with the right people in a creative and inspiring environment.

To apply for our start up services we require a business plan and a first year financial forecast. You will then be asked to present and discuss them with our selection panel. From that point we’ll be able to help and support you to develop your business further. 

Post & Reception Services

Testimonials

Sparkhouse and the support from the business incubation team at the University has been paramount to our company from early development to its current stage of scaling. We first joined the Sparkhouse space as two recent graduates from Lincoln with ambitious ideas to make the next high street app but lacking support and guidance. After a few months being able to develop our company and ourselves further and with the support and mentoring provided here, we pivoted to form a much better business proposition with viability within the market. We are now raising investment to grow and scale our company and taking on our Sparkhouse mentor on-board as a non-executive director to focus on strategy and growth. Sparkhouse has provided a place for us to grow from ideas in the air to a solid growing business.

Will De Ath - TapKit

Apply Now

To apply to Sparkhouse you need to follow a few easy steps:

  1. Get in touch
  2. Consultation
  3. Presentation of business plan
  4. Begin developing your business

Firstly, get in touch with the Sparkhouse team and request an application pack.

Email us at sparkhouse@lincoln.ac.uk or phone us on 01522 837 200

The next step is to join us for an informal meeting with Charlotte, Enterprise Manager to discuss your plans and have a tour of the centre. We can advise you on how to go about creating your business plan and financial forecast, which will help prepare you for the next step.

Join Us

Sparkhouse is designed to give the space and support you need to fuel the future of your business…

Join us to launch your business and become part of an energised community and culture of creativity. Home to over 84 tech, digital and creative businesses, Sparkhouse has established itself as Lincoln's hub for innovation. 

As well as enjoying low rent from just £90.00 + VAT, you'll gain access to an impressive range of benefits, including meeting room space, peer-to-peer support and networking opportunities. More details can be found here

Café & Kitchen

Our café is a busy, modern hub that provides an excellent location for informal meetings, grabbing your morning coffee or relaxing over a light lunch. With a wide range of snacks and refreshments, ample seating and plug sockets available, it is a great place to meet and impress your clients and colleagues. 

Eating in? Then our shared kitchen areas come fully equipped with a kettle, fridge, microwave oven and dishwasher for all your lunch needs.

Virtual Office Services

At Sparkhouse we love to help businesses who do not require physical office space but wish to convey a professional image to clients via our virtual office service. This option also allows them to benefit from our central city location, even when based further afield.

We offer various packages, starting from £30.00 + VAT per month, which include the use of Sparkhouse as a registered office or postal address, having access to the meeting rooms and café, as well as benefiting from our reception and telephone answering services. Our virtual tenants also become a part of our business community, with invitations to our events, presence on our website and access to networking opportunities with other Sparkhouse businesses. 

Please contact us for more information and pricing.

Meeting Rooms

Our meeting rooms are perfect for client meetings, presentations, workshops and seminars, and are free to tenants when booked via reception. 

The bright and spacious rooms can accommodate up to 25 boardroom style or 50 theatre style and are fully air-conditioned. Each is equipped with full audio visual and wireless facilities. 

We are always happy to assist with any catering requirements you may have, which can be provided by our in-house café at an additional charge.

Managed Office Space

Our modern office spaces range from 13sqm to 57sqm and are accessible 24 hours a day. Along with competive rent, you'll benefit from our city centre location with glorious views of Lincoln Cathedral, as well as close connections with the University of Lincoln and its dedicated Enterprise Team. 

With spaces starting from £90.00 + VAT per month, your business enjoys a fantastic head-start without fiancial burden. 

Facilities

Sparkhouse is an inspirational place that equips your business with the state-of-the-art resources it needs to grow.

The following facilities and benefits are available to all Sparkhouse tenants as part of the inclusive rental package:

University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is one of the fastest rising universities in the UK and was recently ranked 17th in the Guardian's University Guide 2020.

Our unique building stands on the edge of the Brayford Pool Campus and a strong relationship with the University is key to the successful delivery of our services. Employer engagement is at the heart of the University's mission to become a 'Civic University' and our partnership offers access to a wealth of expertise, facilities and talent from the most promising students and skilled university staff. 

Whether you are from a local small business or a global multinational, working in the public, private or third sector, a conversation with the university is without obligation and free of charge.

Collaboration opportunities between Sparkhouse businesses and the University are wide-ranging. If you're seeking a talented new recruit, requiring specialist consultancy assistance, or looking to set up long-term research partnerships, we can facilitate your business solution.

News & Events

We organise a range of events, under our 'IGNITE' programme for Sparkhouse businesses. Covering a variety of subjects, these events open up opportunities for our tenants to learn from experts, practice new skills and network with other innovative businesses. Look out for a delicious lunch thrown in too!

As well as our own events programme, Sparkhouse tenants receive regular invitations to other networking opportunities and skills workshops.

About Us

Sparkhouse was established in 2002 with the aim of providing creative and innovative startups with the facilities and support they need to launch and grow into sustainable businesses. 

Sparkhouse has provided a place for us to grow from ideas in the air to a solid growing business

- Will De Ath, Tap Studio

The building itself has a number of visible sustainable design features including a Sedum ‘Green’ roof, incorporating wind cowls, photovoltaic panels and overhanging pods that provide solar shading to the south-facing façades. All materials used in its construction are sustainably sourced, while the building has been designed to be fully recyclable.

We have the facilities, setting and support you need to fuel your future. Contact us for more information.