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Monday 19 January 2015

Local businesses offer free workshops at SSU

Here, Southampton Solent Business School talks about their work to help local businesses grow.

Southampton Solent Business School is delighted to have welcomed a number of local small businesses to another in our series of free diagnostic workshops as part of the Growth Voucher initiative. These workshops are free to the small businesses and places are going fast on the various sessions.

Small business leaders met at the Business School and joined with academics and business mentors in considering how they might grow their businesses. An engaging and insightful session was led by Stephen Brown, senior lecturer business in which the strengths and opportunities of the individual businesses was explored.

One delegate commented: “It was a wonderful environment to do the brainstorming for our business. Throughout our ‘business model canvas’ we have generated varieties of ideas. We have networked with other business providers as well as business consultants.”

Many of the Southampton Solent Business School lecturers are also enjoying the development opportunity the workshops offer – they value the opportunity to share their industry, consultancy and business experience with others. Mary White, a senior lecturer in leadership and management, said:

“This is an insightful and dynamic environment. It is a delight to explore supportive mechanisms to enable a successful mentor relationship. This is a marvellous opportunity to share industry and small business experience”.

These small businesses will now have the opportunity to move forward to a suite of leadership and management workshops in a structured programme with £2,000 of match funding towards the cost of the programme.

Southampton Solent Business School are part of a national consortium of six award winning Small Business Charter business schools that have developed a new Growth Voucher initiative, funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

The initiative is open to businesses from any sector, that employ up to 20 staff, with a turnover of less than 4 million euro, that have been trading for at least a year.

Southampton Solent is a trailblazing member of the Small Business Charter Award scheme.

Professor Georgina Andrews, director of Southampton Solent Business School said:

“It’s great to be given further resources with which to continue providing expert support and advice to local business and enterprise. It will enable us to offer support and advice to even more student, graduate and regional start-ups and small businesses looking for ways to develop and grow.”