DMU Friars Mill Office

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Discuss your business ideas with DMU at Friars Mill

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Friars Mill Office 

De Montfort University (DMU) plays an important part in the Leicestershire business community and our office space at the prestigious Friars Mill development is a demonstration of our commitment to the local and regional economy.

This space is for local businesses to meet with university experts to exchange ideas and discuss business, or just meet and network.

The office aims to reignite our industrial links from the past by bringing together the best of university innovations and linking them to your business, supporting growth for the local and national economy. 

We want businesses to use this space to actively engage with the university, and call upon our academic experts to discuss how the latest university research innovations can help to create growth in your organisation.  

Equally we will be showcasing the latest university projects that have been developed to support business growth, holding events such as:



Friars Mill was originally known as the Donisthorpe factory and dates back to 1739. The building is a magnificent example of how Leicestershire’s woollen industry was originally created as a textiles manufacturing site.

DMU was originally founded as the Leicester School of Art in 1870 and our reputation for quality and distinctiveness in teaching and research is a direct result of our heritage. DMU's history stems back to when the School of Art and Leicester Technical School began training apprentices for local industries such as boot and shoe manufacture, furniture making and design, hosiery and textiles manufacture, engineering, printing and book binding.

Our university partners

To ensure that DMU brings you a complete portfolio of all of its  strengths we work in partnership with a number of different departments: 


The Innovation Centre

Careers and employability 

Strategic Partnerships

The Leicester Castle Business School

Supporting the regional economy

Supporting our Regions economy

Our Strategic Framework drives many of the university's business initiatives. As an academic institution we understand the importance of creating knowledge, but also applying our expertise to support economic development.

The Friars Mill office has been set up to encourage an open dialogue between businesses and our university. We want to:

  • Increase the impact and visibility of our research 
  • Showcase our latest innovations 
  • Turn our research into commercial outputs that helps businesses to grow
  • Make our expertise more accessible

De Montfort University is keen to work with businesses in the region, a partnership approach will:

  • Support the promotion of Leicester as a global city of intellectual and cultural importance
  • Provide a contribution to the economic development of Leicestershire 
  • Rejuvenate our city by supporting new innovations that turn into start-up businesses 


Contact the team to discuss opportunities for working in partnership.

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