Sheffield Business School

Sheffield Hallam University is the 7th largest university in the UK, with 31,484 students. The University has four teaching faculties - including academic departments - based across two campuses: Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (ACES), Faculty of Development and Society (DS), Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HW) and Sheffield Business School (SBS).

Our mission is:

We shape our students' futures, preparing them for whatever they choose to do, and create knowledge that provides practical solutions to real world challenges.

SHU is a regional anchor institution, contributing over £420m in value added to the Sheffield economy and supporting 9000 jobs in the region.  SHU continues to have a strong regional presence through engagement with key strategic decision making boards and, working with leading organisations in Sheffield City Region, launched a 25-year vision report for the region called 'A Better Future Together'. Embedding our leadership and engagement in the region further, South Yorkshire Futures, was launched by the minister for Education and Childcare, Robert Goodwill, in September 2017. This programme positions the University to coordinate improvements in education attainment, aspiration and progression across the region.

Sheffield Business School specializes in building effective, long-term partnerships with local and national organisations. Our client portfolio reflects our expertise and is rich and varied, with Northern Foods, SIG, Barratt Developments, Adidas and the NHS at one end of the scale and a host of lean, hungry startups and SMEs at the other. Wherever you are in the lifecycle of your organisation, we can help your move forward. The notion of "real world" is central to the university and business school strategy.

The Small Business Charter award is a mark of excellence for Sheffield Business School, for its expertise and commitment to small businesses, developing student entrepreneurship and engagement in the local economy. The award also connects small businesses with advice and support from business schools which have achieved the award.

Sheffield Business School was particularly commended for its dedication to student start-ups and commitment to the local economy.

The Venture Matrix scheme, the largest university student consultancy project in the UK and the biggest provider of free consulting in South Yorkshire, received an exemplar. The Small Business Charter said "Venture Matrix is an exemplar of an enterprise education initiative that has been scaled across the university embedding real-world consultancy projects into the curriculum. The programme adds significant value to student employability, brings the curriculum to life whilst increasing university visibility in the local business community, creating significant impact on local businesses, social enterprises, charities and public-sector organisations".

The scheme develops students’ skills through projects with local businesses and charity organisations. Since 2013/14 the scheme has contributed over £1.7m to the regional economy through more than 1,150 projects involving almost 4,500 students.

For more information, please contact Lynda Hinxman or visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/business

Exemplars

Business Consultancy by students and staff: Venture Matrix

Venture Matrix is an exemplar of an enterprise education initiative that has been scaled across the university embedding real-world consultancy projects into the curriculum. The programme adds significant value to student employability, brings the curriculum to life whilst increasing university visibility in the local business community, creating significant impact on local businesses, social enterprises, charities and public-sector organisations. Full Exemplar here.