MORE than 300 jobs have been created and 70 new products launched with support from a University of Brighton green business organisation.

The figures were released as the university’s Green Growth Platform received a progress report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, its original funder.

HEFCE said the platform had “met or exceeded” all of its objectives, set out when it was launched in 2014.

Director Zoë Osmond said: “We are delighted to have successfully delivered on all of the targets agreed with our original funder over the first five years of the Green Growth Platform.

“Since launch in 2014, we have seen more than 1,000 green-focused companies join our network, with more than a quarter of these taking up our intensive innovation, business support or skills services.”

Zoë said:

l 312 jobs were created or safeguarded

l 71 new products, processes or services were developed

l 100 students and graduates placed with member companies

l 102 university-business innovations or research and development projects were undertaken

l £2 million of funding generated for university-business innovations and research and development

l 15 new green sector courses or modules developed.