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Working collaboratively

We’ve worked collaboratively with businesses and organisations for over 50 years and we’ve gained invaluable insights into some of the key challenges you face and the best ways we can work with you to address them.   

The School of Management has strong industry experience, a great reputation for applied business research and delivers research-led business education. This helps us build mutually beneficial relationships for the School of Management and for the businesses and organisations we collaborate with.

We have welcomed more than 10,000 businesses to the School of Management over the last 20 years. Connecting with us makes you part of a growing community of business and community organisations, academics, researchers, graduates & entrepreneurs on your doorstep and around the world.

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Small Business Charter

The School was granted Small Business Charter status in February 2021. This award celebrates those business schools that play an effective role in supporting small businesses, local economies and developing entrepreneurship.

The Small Business Charter award recognises our long-standing commitment to working with businesses and entrepreneurs in the city, region and more widely, and our support for them through initiatives like the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovation Hub. You can find more details on these and other activities and opportunities we provide for business and the wider community below

How we can work with you

By working collaboratively, we can produce highly relevant applied research, we can develop and create solutions to challenges facing business, community and alumni organisations operating in the regional and global business environment. By working with you we can also inform and influence the academic and professional development of our graduates and ensure they have the attributes and characteristics that will make them employees of choice.

In 2019 we launched the Bradford Business Challenge, a three-way collaborative partnership between the School of Management at University of Bradford, final year business and management undergraduate students, and local organisations. The iniative supports projects that address a particular business or a societal challenge and co-create solutions for local problems that resonate globally.

To support you, the School of Management has launched the 'Yorkshire Business and Community Resilience Fund' which offers funding in the form of costed academic expert time available for your business critical projects, valued up to £25,000.  This funding will enable you to access our academic expertise and students, strengthen your businesses’ strategic development and develop your plans for recovery and growth post Covid-19. We aim to work with you to understand your challenges and match those to the expertise in the School.  Further details and application process on this can be found at - Yorkshire Business and Community Resilience Fund (PDF, 3.5MB)

Our various networks and services offer rich opportunities to connect the expertise within the School of Management with business and community leads to share forward thinking ideas and solutions. We also offer:

  • Workshops and programmes/training and development
  • Consultancy and research
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Network connections to people and ideas
  • Student projects and placements

You can engage with any of these existing areas or we can work with you to create your own programme/pathway. There's a huge amount of flexibility in the way we can work and we always welcome the opportunity to work with you to develop a bespoke package to meet your requirements.

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is a strong community of businesses with a range of regional and alumni SMEs that act to support each other and work collaboratively with the School of Management.  

Members of our KTN benefit from our free monthly networking events, with professional and keynote speakers, and are supported by access to our academic and student talent to support business development and growth. This is an open network which is free to join and everybody is welcome.

Our members have access to:

  • Monthly networking opportunities
  • Student and academic resource for business projects
  • Student resource for placements and internships
  • Supporting students as a professional or entrepreneurial mentor
  • Focus groups and consultation to inform the School of Management’s business support offer and strategy
  • On-site and virtual business support through the School of Management’s Innovation Hub

Have a look at our current KTN Webinar Programme

View and subscribe to our KTN Newsletter

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Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub is a community facing resource within the School focused on supporting and developing high potential businesses in Bradford and beyond.

The Hub provides safe and secure space, support and infrastructure and co-working, hot-desking and informal meeting space for Bradford entrepreneurs, small businesses, and our entrepreneurial students and partners. The Hub also acts as a base and focus for events and programmes to support the development of these entrepreneurs and businesses.

Located in the Bright Building at the centre of the University of Bradford’s campus, this is only minutes from Bradford city centre. There is parking onsite and the location has bus connections to the city centre and is walking distance (less than one mile) from both Bradford railway stations.

We are keen to hear from businesses who would like to be part of the Hub and engage with this community of likeminded entrepreneurs and business leaders. If this is you, please contact us using the form below.

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Working with our students

Connecting business and community organisations with our students is instrumental to our University strategy.  We have a wealth of experience in this area of collaboration and there are many initiatives available which can be discussed to help you make the best use of your financial resources and time.  

It may be that you are an alumnus of the university or a passionate advocate for education and want to provide support to students on their journey and venture to becoming early career professionals or starting up their own business?  You may be looking for a fresh set of eyes on an institutional problem?  Or maybe you could be looking out for additional support in your working environment?  We have a range of opportuntiies that can provide solutions:

  • Student business and community projects
  • Student internships and placements
  • Offering professional insight and expertise to lectures, tutorials or programme development
  • Offering professional or entrepreneurial mentoring

Find out more about working with our students

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Community Support Programme

Our doors are always open to our community.  Our vision is to enrich people’s lives in Bradford and surrounding areas, by providing accessible learning opportunities to our local community. We work with Bradford charities, community groups, faith groups, voluntary organisations, and parents’ groups/organisations. 

Community Career Booster Programme

1 to 2 day courses are available, at zero cost, with every participant completing the courses being issued with a University of Bradford Certificate of Learning.  Courses include SAS, Amazon Cloud SAGE 50,  Microsoft Office, mental-health and wellbeing, endorsed and delivered by our partners and academics.

 Our Community Career Booster Programme benefits our community at a personal and organisational level by:

  • Developing personal development, skills, confidence
  • Enhancing technical skills
  • Delivering up to date, market leading insight to a range of professional training courses which enhances personal capabilities
  • Providing like-minded networking opportunities for people who share a passion for Bradford and want to make a difference to their local community

If you would like to discuss these opportunities further, or be on our mailing for any future Community Career Booster opportunities do get in touch.

Faculty Community Fellows

Share our passion for Bradford?  Would you like to be involved in shaping and influencing the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences outreach with the community? 

Faculty Community Fellows play a role in inspiring our students and staff to engage with the local community with the goal of supporting the development of the University and city of Bradford. They work with Faculty members to help develop sustainable collaborations with the local community (non-profit, local government, business etc) for mutually beneficial outcomes, and educate and inspire the local community about the work undertaken at the University and, specifically within the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences.

Meet our Faculty Community Fellows – you are welcome to engage with them, speak to them about how you think the School of Management should be supporting your community or how you can get involved with the school? 

If you think this is something you would like to be involved do get in touch.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

The School of Management supports and empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative start-up ideas to realise their ambitions through access to mentoring, know-how and resources. 

Supporting the development of our future entrepreneurs, the School of Management welcomed 2 Entrepreneurs in Residence from its alumni community, with a view to increasing the number of residences and supporting entrepreneurial activities within the school.  The role inspires and connects our students and academic staff in the faculty to embrace, practice and increase confidence in entrepreneurial activities and to help to identify opportunities to support staff and students. 

Our Entrepreneurs inform the direction of key curriculum modules, mentor students and deliver inspirational talks and ‘Dragon’s Den’ style events.  They also support our Innovation Hub which is a focus for entrepreneurs and small businesses on campus and virtually.

You can find our more about our Entrepreneurs in Residence below and you are welcome to engage with them, speak to them about how you think the School of Management can support business start-up or how you can get involved with the school? 

If you are on an entrepreneurial journey and feel you and our student body would benefit from being in partnership with the School of Management as an Entrepreneur in Residence then we'd love to hear from you.

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Executive Education

We offer flexible programmes, designed to meet your timeline needs. Examples of our programmes include:

  • Morrisons – business apprentice programme
  • Nufarm - online marketing programme
  • Henry Boot PLC - values focused leadership
  • Chiesi Pharmaceuticals - management skills for the sales team
  • EMF - Circular Economy online programme
  • Hallmark - strategy and innovation for senior managers
  • NG Bailey - finance and economics for programme directors
  • NHS Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust - integrated programme preparing clinicians and managers for the new NHS environment
  • NHS Airedale Foundation Trust – Innovation including project development
  • Pace - finance for senior non-financial managers
  • St Gobain Isover - negotiation skills for the sales team

Many of our programmes are based on the idea of social practice - that is people learning to learn, applying new knowledge and in turn creating their own new knowledge. We give our clients the thinking space, inspiration and tools to make real progress. Please contact us using the form below to discuss your needs.

Research and Consultancy

The School of Management have 4 research centres:

  • Accounting, Finance & Economics
  • People, Organisations & Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analytics, Circular Economy & Supply Chain
  • International Business, Marketing & Branding

You can access our academic research expertise using a number of different services such as subsidised government projects like Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Innovate UK funding calls.

Find out more about our research areas

The Schools academic faculty members also have considerable experience in industry, and you can employ an academic as a consultant for a short-term problem, or you can engage us directly to undertake a project for you. Our consultancy services are designed to help stimulate ideas, innovate, and growth - whether you are an entrepreneur, SME, public sector organisation or large corporate. We can facilitate high-level strategy sessions, help diagnose business challenges, and develop consultancy solutions to complex problems.

Many of our clients have very specific requirements – please contact us using the form below to discuss your needs.

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

Our Business Engagement Team