Working with business
We have over ten years of successful knowledge transfer as a Global 100 Business School in the heart of Yorkshire. We are working with business daily to drive strategy, growth and innovation through the development and application of leading-edge knowledge.
Our various networks and services offer rich opportunities to connect with people and ideas.
- workshops and programmes/training and development
- consultancy and research
- coaching and mentoring
- network connections to people and ideas
- student projects and placements
You can dip into any one of these areas or create your own programme/pathway. We offer a very flexible range of services and are keen to help you pull the right resources and connections together to create the right bundle to meet your needs.
Our business school is ranked 17th in the UK by the Financial Times >>
The School of Management offers the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.
The degree has a modular blended learning structure; it involves block face to face teaching at the university, and distance learning and work based learning to integrate theory and practice. The programme is designed to reduce the time physically spent at the University as apprentices progress through the programme, thereby transferring the responsibility for study to the apprentice within the overall aim of developing them as an independent and lifelong learner.
The employer appoints each apprentice a work based mentor. The mentor will be company based and will bridge university and workplace, guide the apprentice through the professional development process and liaise with their line manager. The university will provide mentor training.
The apprenticeship will typically take 36 - 42 months to complete, dependent on the nature and scope of the experience gained in the work place, with the final end point assessment taking place in the final 3-6 months. Apprentices are selected by the employer but they must meet the entry requirements of the University.
Find out more about our Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.
Director Support Network
We get a small group of directors to work together to identify and unpack business problems and formulate ways of tackling these from the experience of the group.
This has been shown to be one of the most effective ways that SME directors can learn and impact upon their business.
This kind of learning and problem solving is based on the fact that we learn most when we reflect on our actions and the experience associated with them, especially if we are working with people who understand our experiences and who can help to provide structured solutions to our own problems and issues.
The emphasis is to help individuals unpick the issue in question to arrive at 'action points' through insightful questioning, encouraging reflection, challenging their assumptions and offering feedback in a supportive environment. This has often been described variously as group coaching or a virtual company board. This is a powerful technique and can be quite high impact on the participant as well as high impact on the business - so be prepared to be challenged.
The meetings take place at Heaton Mount. There are seven meetings, each one lasting about three hours. The first session explains the process and theory, before moving onto practical application.
Whether it's a specific and pressing issue or the need to develop a wider skill-set, our in-company programmes provide a truly bespoke and flexible solution.
We listen to your issues, understanding not simply your challenges or opportunities but also markets, culture, history and heritage. In this way, we can design and deliver customised solutions for customised issues.
We offer flexible programmes, designed to meet your timeline needs. Examples of our programmes include:
- 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
We also offer facilitation and consultancy support where a more intimate approach to addressing challenges is required.
"We wanted to look critically at ourselves and ask: How would you make sure decisions are the same and have the impact across the organisation? We did not have these skills. We wanted to work with a provider that was local and had a commercial mindset" Simon Morrit, Chief Executive, Bradford & Airedale PCT
Bringing business and students together brings real life into and outside the classroom, provides an affordable option to companies to get specific expertise into their organisations and enables employers to influence their future workforce.
The School of Management has students knowledgeable about marketing, accounting, finance, economics, human resources, and business (including international business and business analytics).
We offer many ways for you to engage with students:
- Providing a summer internship
- Employing them into your organisation
- Hosting a stand at one of our recruitment fairs
- Offering a short-term MBA project or undergraduate project
- Providing work-experience or placements
- Getting involved with lectures or curriculum design
- Mock interviews or assessment centres
Many of our clients have very specific requirements - usually at a very senior level.
We can facilitate high-level strategy sessions, provide one-to-one executive coaching and develop consultancy solutions to complex problems.
Our consultancy services are designed to help stimulate ideas, innovate and grow - whether you are an entrepreneur, SME, public sector organisation or large corporate.
We lean heavily on ideas around 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.
The School of Management have 4 research centres:
- Accounting, Finance & Economics
- People, Organisation & Entrepreneurship
- Business Analytics, Cicular Economy & Supply Chain
- International Business, Marketing & Branding
You can access our 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, 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.