Supporting entrepreneurs and SMEs

At the Management School we strongly value links with our local community and welcome opportunities for discussions, activities and projects that support our City Region’s growth.

Talent development

Our Growth Catalyst programmes are open programmes designed specifically for owner/managers of SMEs in the Liverpool City Region.  The focus is on leadership development and business growth with practical, implementable outcomes.


At the Management School we understand the importance of connecting businesses with each other and with our University communities.  Sharing knowledge, experience and challenges can lead to exciting collaborations and projects, with novel approaches and implementable solutions. Our Business Breakfasts provide an opportunity for people to come together and discuss topical themes that impact and influence businesses.

Local policy

Our academic staff are members of the Heseltine Institute, which helps shape public policy via its research and consultancy into place, policy and practice. Examples include regeneration, the social economy, housing, skills, jobs and business growth. The Institute holds regular events and workshops to encourage discussion between practitioners and academics to help inform practice, which affect industry and the economy.


Mentoring student entrepreneurs

As part of the undergraduate Entrepreneurship module, students are given the opportunity to work with a local business mentor as they design their business start-up idea and develop it for the assessed Entrepreneurship Fair. Mentoring a student team is a fantastic way to inspire and develop our students as well as providing an opportunity to spot talented people who may become a great addition to your organisation.

Student projects

The final year undergraduate Social Enterprise module provides students with the opportunity to work on a real-life business project with a local social enterprise. The organisation sets the challenge and the students meet with the organisation during the semester, whilst they work on the project.

The MBA Local Entrepreneurship and Enterprise module typically connects our more strategically-minded students with a technology or social enterprise to work on a more complex, real-life issue. In both modules the business can benefit from new ideas with a fresh perspective, under the guidance of our experienced academic staff.

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