Posted on: 28 September 2017

By: Lancaster University Management School

Harness the power of research and academic insight

Premier BusinessCare recently caught up with the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) to understand how they are supporting businesses across the region and helping to deliver real value to the local economy.

In the university’s own words, below is an overview of how small to medium sized businesses across the Lancashire and Cumbria region can access business support to help grow, develop and innovate. 

Engage with Lancaster University Management School and access business support

The award-winning business school is ranked in the UK’s top ten, and has an excellent reputation for teaching, learning, business engagement and knowledge exchange. LUMS are experts at harnessing the power of research and academic insight into activities and solutions that can make a real difference to a business. They offer a range of programmes  to help small and medium-sized businesses in the region seize opportunities to extend their markets, embrace new technologies and improve performance.

Just some of the exciting opportunities available include:

Innovation Development Programme

The Innovation Development Programme has been specifically designed for senior decision makers of SMEs based in Cumbria. This six month programme starting on the 19th October, aims to give Cumbrian business leaders the tools to develop innovative products and services and explore new markets. Part of the Cumbria Innovations Platform, businesses may also access the latest science and technology equipment and expertise at Lancaster University for research and development of their ideas. This is a fully-funded programme available to European Regional Development Fund eligible companies. 

Productivity Through People

Productivity through People is a unique collaboration of three world class manufacturers; BAE Systems, Siemens and Rolls Royce who have co-designed an innovative twelve month programme with LUMS. The programme which commences late 2017 is designed for senior decision makers in manufacturing and engineering SMEs based in the North West who are looking to increase their productivity through the empowerment of their workforce. Delegates will have access to the latest tools, thinking and insights through a series of workshops, masterclasses, industrial visits and mentoring from senior managers based at one of the three leading manufacturers.

You can find out more by attending a preview sessions; 28th September at BAE Systems Samlesbury or 10th October at Abbey House Hotel, Barrow. Or register online.

Lancashire Forum

Lancashire Forum is a business growth programme ideal for directors and managers of Lancashire based small and medium sized businesses. The six-month programme, part of Boost Business Lancashire, brings together like-minded directors and managers of SMEs from around Lancashire and provides them with activities and tools to stimulate self-development and business growth. The programme is fully-funded and available to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) eligible businesses.

See if the Lancaster Business Management School can help your business, simply visit their website or contact Pete Cornwall on 01524 510728.

Many universities up and down the country offer similar courses and support local businesses to help them thrive in their community. Contact a university in your area to discuss innovative programmes that can boost your business’ presence and help your community prosper.


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