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Business Services

Working with us

Staying ahead of the competition in a fast and ever-changing world with limited resources is a constant challenge.  If you are an established organisation, you may also be constantly concerned about obligations and ensuring the company runs smoothly as well as being occupied by the need to innovate your product/service range to meet the growing and diverse needs of customers and provide the best possible customer service. 

Having worked with businesses for 50 years, we have a good understanding of what the present day challenges are.  But, we don’t make any assumptions.  We always determine the appropriate service by listening to your needs and developing a proposal tailored around those conversations.

Being a technology University, digital innovation is at the forefront of most of our research. We know technological advancement in industry is a constant challenge and we can help with that.

The Knowledge Transfer Network in the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, has 10 years of experience working with businesses across a range of sectors and services.  The SME Knowledge Network offers workshops, networking events, Director Support Networks and innovation days, along with various coaching and mentoring services.

We have an excellent track record of graduate employment, which is largely due to our research and teaching being industry relevant. We are keen to grow our industry connections to continue to make our teaching real-world related.  Our academics understand that commercial partnerships provide mutual benefit, which makes for a more fruitful project.

Our blend of services can help you design and re-design your product range, services and infrastructure to give you a competitive edge, and we can explore affordable routes to achieve this, some of which are only available through working with Universities.

Academic consultancy

Consultancy is available for short-term assignments to solve immediate problems, or to provide longer-term strategic advice. It offers access to expertise that may otherwise be unaffordable or unavailable to an organisation on a regular basis, providing access to skills that can help develop practical solutions and make a tangible contribution to company innovation and change.

Innovate UK  and Access Innovation may have funding available to support consultancy.

Research Areas.

Strategic partnerships

We form partnerships with companies in many different ways. In addition to paid or funded projects, many businesses want to share their knowledge with students and can do this by contributing to lectures.  Companies who want to influence the skills our graduates gain from their degrees, could do this by joining one of our industry advisory boards.

Companies often want to contribute to the University's research by providing funds to buy pieces of equipment, to fund research student bursaries or to exploit intellectual property.

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Knowledge Transfer Network

With a 10 year track record of working with businesses across a range of sectors and services, the Knowledge Transfer Network in the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences offers an SME Knowledge Network with workshops, networking events, Director Support Networks and innovation days, and various coaching and mentoring services.

Companies use these services to help them overcome barriers to growth, realize business opportunities and develop capability to innovate and create new products and services, processes or ways of being.

Read more about the Knowledge Transfer Network

Continuing Professional Development

The University of Bradford has a broad range of full and part-time accredited and unaccredited programmes developed to meet the needs of industry, from short courses to full honours degrees and postgraduate programmes.

These courses span the breadth of the University's expertise with all academic faculties offering employer-responsive programmes in one form or another.  Examples include foundation degrees for the health and social care sectors, engineering and public and voluntary organisations; and postgraduate courses for employees in mental health services, health service management, media production, automotive engineering, and community pharmacy.  Many of these courses have been developed in partnership with industry and or with sector skills councils and are available as short programmes as well as full awards.

The School of Management, one of Europe’s leading business schools, offers leadership and management development programmes for corporate clients both in the UK and overseas. This includes in-company MBAs, a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration, as well as flexible short courses delivered on campus, in-company or online.

The Bradford MBA has been ranked Number 1 in the world for salary increase and Number 2 in the world for value for money. We are the only institution in Yorkshire approved by the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver our programme to NHS staff wishing to pursue an MBA.  Our Masters in Management currently ranks as one of the UK's Top 20 programmes.

View our full list of CPD courses.

We developed a new business degree for Morrisons. The company have funded student places on the degree which is helping them recruit new company managers. "It enables us to gain people who we can mould into really good managers and for them, they can study and work at the same time and gain a recognised qualification."

Julian Bailey, Morrisons

Business booklet

Download our business services booklet.

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