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Awards recognise Young Enterprise programme

Student and lecturer shortlisted for national awards


The "Hey Cane" Young Enterprise team at Manchester Metropolitan

A student and lecturer are up for two awards at this year’s Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) and SFEDI Celebrating Enterprise Awards.

Claire Baird, Senior Lecturer in Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability, is shortlisted in the “Enterprise Educator of the Year” category for her work on the undergraduate enterprise units at Manchester Metropolitan as well as the Level 6 Young Enterprise and Business Creation units and her PhD research focussing on entrepreneurial education.

The award recognises individuals who have demonstrated an enterprising approach to developing and delivering enterprise and entrepreneurial learning and skills, inspiring students and enabling them to realise their enterprise potential.

Undergraduate student Haydar-Ali Ismail, who is participating in this year’s Young Enterprise programme at Manchester Metropolitan, is also shortlisted for the “Enterprising Learner of the Year” award.

This accolade is awarded to an individual who has both embraced their learning programme with passion and shown a commitment to applying their newly acquired skills to pursue an enterprising activity.

Haydar-Ali is part of the “Hey Cane” team who have created a small tracking device, which can be attached to canes used by people with visual impairments. It allows users to find the cane by accessing an app on their phone, which will guide them to it.

The IOEE and SFEDI Celebrating Enterprise Awards take place each year and bring together key figures from the small business, enterprise and skills sector in the UK to celebrate and recognise the very best in enterprise learning and skills.

Speaking about the shortlist, Claire Baird said: “Being recognised by a national awards body is testament to the hard work of all staff and students involved in enterprise teaching and research at Manchester Metropolitan.

“This has been a fantastic year on the enterprise units, with a large number of successful businesses being launched. I have enjoyed and been inspired by all the businesses this year and I’m delighted that one of our students will be representing the achievements of such an innovative group of young entrepreneurs.”

The winners of the Celebrating Enterprise Awards will be announced in a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 2nd May. Find out more about the awards at

The Young Enterprise unit at Manchester Metropolitan is available to final year undergraduate students studying business degrees including Business Management, Sports Management, Marketing Management and combined honours. 

Find out more about the programme at

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