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UK 'first' for Business Enterprise

Project connects 'best' small firms

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MMU’s Centre for Enterprise is tackling the recession head on by working with some of the most exciting growth businesses in the North West to boost the local economy.

The ‘Alumni Business Circle’, which is the first in the UK to bring together graduates of leadership programmes, will connect 150 of the region’s best small businesses to jump start new opportunities, new learning and new partnerships.

The SMEs will gain access to business expertise and support in addressing specific issues from the university and other businesses as well as opportunities for inter-trading and collaboration.

Professor of Entrepreneurship Lynn Martin says, “It’s all about getting these people in the same room together and having conversations about business in a safe and supportive environment.

Grassroots growth

“Universities can play a vital role in facilitating this sort of grassroots approach to tackling the recession.

“Initiatives like the Alumni Business Circle could make a huge difference to our small business economy, now more than ever.

“We pride ourselves on the relationships we have developed with small business leaders over the years and this is a thrilling opportunity to really make something of our combined knowledge and expertise”.

Membership of the Alumni Business Circle is open to any business that has participated in a Centre for Enterprise programme.

Membership will include free attendance at bi-monthly events on business “hot-topics’, inclusion in action learning sets based on specific business issues, facilitated networking, video profiles for the companies, an on-line forum, best practice tools and significant discounts on Centre for Enterprise Master Classes and other training events and will be available from July.

For more media information please contact Steph Maguire in the Manchester Metropolitan University press office on 0161 247 2184 or email

Notes to editors:
1. Since it was created in 2001, the Centre for Enterprise at MMU Business School has worked with almost 1,000 business people, improving their leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial skills to support the drive for growth in the region. By bridging the gap between SMEs and leading edge knowledge, the Centre for Enterprise has encouraged North West businesses to broaden their horizons, innovate and commit to ongoing learning and performance improvement.

2. Manchester Metropolitan University: a leading university for the professions and a powerful driver of the North West economy.
MMU educates and trains large numbers of the region’s legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals. The University enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching, applied research and project work with its communities and the North West, nationally and internationally. It is currently investing almost £300 million in its estate and facilities.

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