Business Alumni Network – Summer Showcase Celebration
The Faculty of Business and Law recently hosted the Summer Showcase, an afternoon of celebration for the Centre’s programme graduations, the support the university has on offer for businesses and the launch of their new “Business Alumni Network”.
Professor Julia Clarke Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law welcomed over 75 regional businesses to the event and then introduced special guest Rebecca Jeffrey co-founder of “Fi & Becs” Digital Marketing Agency and contestant on BBC televisions “The Apprentice” in 2016
Rebecca delighted the audience by describing her experience on the reality TV show and explained how she was able to turn the exposure it gave her business into over hundreds new customers in less than a year.
"I was delighted to speak at the Summer Showcase because I know first-hand what it's like to run your own business and you definitely need advice with your future plans.
The other speakers at the event (Centre for Enterprise programme alumni) gave some brilliant tips and advice on how they have grown their own businesses and spoke about the practically applicable things they have learnt on the programmes.
The biggest tip I have taken away from the event was the idea of needing to work on your business, not just in your business!"
There were several proud moments for the Centre for Enterprise, when three previous participants in their Business support programmes, JB Creative, Web Foundry UK and Dreamr, described how they had been able to grow their profits, take on extra staff and even find love by taking part! They were shining examples of how working with the University can help a business succeed.
The Summer Showcase also launched the new Manchester Met Business Alumni Network, designed to deepen the already advantageous relationships between the university and the businesses who have graduated from their enterprise support programmes.
#themetwork offers new opportunities to optimise your business to thrive with programmes of CPD, networking events and expert masterclasses throughout the year, in addition to an exclusive Peer2Peer mentoring scheme.
Other than the obvious benefits of growth within the partnership, there are also added benefits of growing a business in the North at present. With £3.4 billion being invested into the North through growth deals, staying local could be extremely advantageous for northern businesses. Gaining membership to networks such as the Business Alumni will offer a great way to help this growth – taking businesses to and past their proposed potentials.