Setting up and running a thriving business can be a difficult and time-consuming labour of love.
Surrounding ourselves with the right people and getting the right business insights can make all the difference between success and failure. In response to feedback asking for a continued relationship and support at the end of programmes, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Manchester Met Business Alumni Network. We have specifically designed it for the hundreds of businesses we have worked with over the last decade and is our way of deepening our relationship with you, helping you to achieve more than you ever thought possible.
Think of us as a silent partner in your business, helping you find the time, space and insight to get you from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future.
The Manchester Met Business Alumni Network will provide a sound base for your business growth, and the creation of a thriving network of entrepreneurs in the North West of England.
We will provide members of our network with a truly valuable experience, combining market-leading business support and development events combined with excellence in academic achievement.
Our range of activities over the next year maintains an effective balance between education and social events while also encouraging broader involvement with our ever-growing network. Our range of exclusive activities is already extensive and will continue to grow. As a result, members can find what suits them best, but also have the scope to get involved in all kinds of new events and initiatives. Alternatively, it might be to explore business opportunities with a group of like-minded entrepreneurs and compare notes on how best to tackle unexpected challenges or tough management dilemmas.
Membership joining cost is £225 +VAT.
2017/18 Programme Details
Our 2017/18 programme includes:
Bi-monthly networking meeting
With like-minded individuals which have key themes and speakers:
Creating attention for your business
Writing content that converts
How to price for growth
Staff rewards that don't cost an arm and a leg
Digital marketing - what you need to know
Team dynamics in a growing business
6 short half-day programmes of CPD
Key Managements Chops - Delivered on a super practical basis, this -half-day workshop will show a method for breaking strategy down into objectives and then action. Then it will look at how to manage both the participants themselves in their teams to achieve strategy imperative tasks.
How to Build a Compelling Brand - Brand is possibly the most misunderstood thing in business. This workshop will show you how to design a brand that will help you create customers and revenue.
Digital Marketing on a Shoestring - A “How To” session for those businesses that have tried digital marketing and would like to get better results without spending a fortune
Building Staff Engagement - Our team are our most valuable asset, they create our sales, serve our customers, and help us create our thriving businesses. Keeping our staff engaged and inspired can be tricky and time-consuming. Come and learn how to keep your engine firing on all cylinders.
How to Bring a Product to Market Quickly - Learn how to use the “Effectuation” method to rapidly turn ideas into products and then bring them to a ready and willing market.
Business Model Canvas - A strategic management and lean start up template for developing new or documenting existing business models, It is a visual chart with elements describing a firm's or product's value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances. It assists firms in aligning their activities by illustrating potential trade-offs.
Learn and take inspiration from successful entrepreneurs sharing their personal stories and their practical and effective know-how
Peer2Peer Mentoring Scheme
A voluntary Peer2Peer mentoring scheme, whereby our more established and long-standing SMEs provide P2P mentoring to smaller less established enterprises.
There will be a competitive process to become both a mentor and mentee. MMU will act as facilitator matching mentor and mentee who will then be in contact for 6 months.
P2P mentoring would be a great opportunity for business to access and support of someone who has experience, insights and hindsight. Many of our businesses are keen to share their knowledge they have gained and lessons they have learned.
The mentor/mentee will dedicate their time to building a mentor-mentee relationship that will enable them to:
Gain an insight into different roles, organisations and sectors
Access information and advice from experienced professionals
Discuss expectations, anxieties and concerns in a confidential environment
Network and make new contacts
Individuals can be both a mentor and mentee simultaneously.
Clearsky Accounting - 3 months free
Sign up with ClearSky Accounting for 12 months and recieve 3 months absolutely free. This free offer is subject to a minimum assignment length of 5 months.*
ClearSky clients are entitled to 6 months half price service when switching from another accountancy provider to ClearSky.
MBA Degree - £1,000 Alumni Discount
Manchester Metropolitan University is offering a £1,000 discount to Manchester Met Business Alumni members when enrolling on our MBA degree. Further details of the MBA programme are available here. To qualify for the discount, please contact the Centre for Enterprise prior to enrolment. We will provide evidence of your membership of the Business Alumni Network to activate your discount.
Managers2Leaders - 20% Discount
The Managers2Leaders programme is aimed at managers of enterprises who have an interest in developing their leadership skills.
Are you the MD of a small business looking to develop your management team into better leaders?
Are you a team leader or manager looking to develop your own leadership skills?
Do you have a passion for developing your leadership practice?
Are you part of a management team seeking better ways to inspire and lead your staff?
Calendar of Events
Networking Event #1 Summer Social
19th July, from 2.30pm
Masterclass #1 Storytelling with Rebecca Jeffery
29th Sept, 9.30am - 12.30pm
CPD #1 Branding with Dave Kirkwood
Masterclass #2 Business Growth Strategy
Networking Event #1 Pricing for Growth
15th Nov, 5pm - 7pm
CPD #2 Products to Market
Networking Event #2 Christmas Social
CPD #3 Business Model Canvas
CPD #4 Digital Marketing
Networking Event #4 Branding
21st Feb, 5pm - 7pm
Masterclass #3 Tax Top Tips
CPD #5 Project Management
Networking Event #5 Team Dynamics and Growth for Business
11th March, 5pm - 7pm
CPD #6 Building Staff Engagement
Masterclass #4 Inspirational Business Stories
Networking Event #6 Writing Amazing Content and Creating Attention
Join the Business Alumni Network
Address: Manchester Met Business School, All Saints Campus, Manchester, M15 6BH