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Grow your own: The apprenticeships levy

The imminent levy on large organisations to fund three million new apprenticeships is going to transform the future shape of training and development. Neil Ralph sets out what…

The Generation Game

Succession has been as much a crisis for family businesses as it has been for monarchies throughout history. Given family enterprises like Beretta, Loacker, Marriott and Walmart…

Mind the GAP: Strathclyde’s Growth Advantage Programme’s positive impact

In 2015 Strathclyde Business School launched the Growth Advantage Programme (GAP) which allows business owners to take a step back from their daily tasks and focus on new…

Exporting on a budget

A few weeks ago I was asked to speak at a briefing of diplomats, journalists and industry lobbyists that had convened to discuss the impact of BREXIT upon SME’s and our future…

What is a small business to do?

That’s the question that the University of Portsmouth asked itself in 2013 when it decided to cement its position in the local community as an organisation that supports and…

Why the Northern Powerhouse remains crucial for Yorkshire

Critics of the Northern Powerhouse view it as a triumph of rhetoric over substance. While applauding the ambition of growing the North’s economy through infrastructure investment…

Millennials and their careers: what we can tell you about what students want

Millennials, born between 1980 to 2000, now make up the majority of the undergraduate student body at universities across the country. As these students complete internships,…

Why you should consider hiring a chairman

Most entrepreneurs want to 'be their own boss' but a wise helping hand can be a big asset. Great entrepreneurs tend to be terrible employees. We don’t want a job, we want an…

Developing an entrepreneurial culture amongst students through LUMS’ network of Entrepreneurs in Residence

Lancaster University has a very strong reputation of working with business – particularly SMEs. This was reflected by the University receiving a Small Business Charter Gold…