Pre-funded projects available to help Yorkshire’s bioeconomy businesses

We are an open-access, research and development biorefinery centre providing industry with innovative ideas to convert plants, microbes and biowastes into high-value bio-based products.

To help overcome your research and innovation barriers, we have a range of pre-funded support programmes including European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding and other business advisory programmes. Our multidisciplinary team of biologists, chemists and innovation advisors bring an effective blend of specialisms to any project, we have helped over 400 local SMEs de-risk and rapidly commercialise their bio-based innovations.

Offering a full support package, we have a team of innovation advisers who offer market research analysis, regulatory scanning, specialist sector business advice, bid development, commercialisation and project management for those looking to develop their bio-based products or processes further than the lab.

The BDC is home to the BioVale Innovation Cluster, an initiative to support clients to build partnerships or collaborations, develop entrepreneurship skills, offer communication and marketing advice and help access overseas markets for clients wanting to build bio-based supply chains and inward investment.

Our lab facilities and flexible office space are available for short and long-term hire. If you know what you want to do but don’t have the equipment or expertise to do it, then we can look at options for you to spend time alongside our experience technical teams.

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No matter what stage your business is at, we have the expertise and facilities to help you innovate, scale up and grow.

Contact 01904 328040 or email

Download our pre-funded projects flyer (PDF).

Improving the shelf life implications of oil NibNibs

Working with the BDC has been a life-saver: their specialists were quickly able to get to the root of the problem, and reassure us that our production wasn’t compromised. A great team to work with, very approachable, with an effective solution in a very tight timeframe. Highly recommended. Read the full case study.

Darren Everitt, Managing Director of NibNibs

A soapy Yorkshire producer turns their handmade square soap bar, into a thriving circular business

Of the BioVale workshops that stand out for me, it’s the natural ingredients for flavours & fragrances, hosted by Croda, the Introduction to Beekeeping, hosted by Abelo’s Beekeeping Academy and the annual BioVale Members’ event. It’s events like these, that really help us expand our network of suppliers and bring in new ideas for product innovation. A great example is the Cosy Cottage beehive! which now supplies honey and beeswax for some of our non-vegan products. Read the full case study.

Clara Challoner-Walker, founder and owner of Cosy Cottage Soap

Funding to support project work is comprised from the European Regional Development Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, which includes:

  • The Bioeconomy Growth Programme (£2.4 million) which includes BDC 4 (Leeds City Region), BDC 4.2 (York, North Yorkshire and East Riding)
  • The Anaerobic Digestion and Circular Economy Yorkshire (£1.2 million), Leeds city region, York and North Yorkshire
  • Bio-based Business Park (£1.1 million), Leeds city region, York and North Yorkshire

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We've already developed over 450 projects for organisations large and small – will your business be one of them?

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