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Business Services

Leeds Business School offers a wide range of training, development and networking opportunities for businesses. These include courses available from The Leadership Centre, our fantastic state of the art facilities such as The Hydra Suite, bespoke programmes for your business and our guest speaker series.

Small Business Charter Award

Leeds Business School and the wider university offer a range of support and development opportunities to local businesses, as part of our commitment to supporting enterprise and employment in the Leeds City Region.

In 2016, Leeds Business School was recognised for our commitment to supporting local businesses by receiving the Small Business Charter Award. We are always keen to make new connections and forge new links with the SME community in Leeds and West Yorkshire. If you are interested in working with us, we would be delighted to hear from you.

The Leadership Centre

The Leadership Centre specialises in providing tailored training and professional qualifications to suit the needs of both individuals and organisations, ultimately developing confident, capable and imaginative leaders. As part of an innovative and progressive university, we have a wealth of research expertise as well as access to emerging approaches to make sure our training is at the forefront of leadership and business development. Programmes within the Leadership Centre are structured to provide both theoretical and practical learning with numerous opportunities for personal reflection.

We adopt a dynamic approach to training, which involves practical application of learning to real world situations; therefore you can apply the training to your workplace challenges from the outset, enhancing return on investment.

For more information visit The Leadership Centre.

The Independent Food and Drink Academy

The Independent Food and Drink Academy (IFDA), provides a unique service to small independent enterprises from street food traders through to established small businesses, offering advice, support and training to help their businesses grow in this dynamic sector. Developed and delivered by industry experts, the Academy is a joint partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council.

The Retail Institute

Alongside its innovative research, the Retail Institute works with suppliers, brand owners and retailers to help support future product, packaging and retail needs. The team work closely with clients to understand their needs in order to deliver real commercial benefits for them and their customers.

Consultancy Projects

Many of our undergraduate students in the Business School undertake consultancy projects. These are year-long modules that ask students to put the skills they have gained into practice working with a real business. This can be an excellent way to get the brightest talent working on areas of your business from a new perspective which you may not have the additional resource to focus on otherwise.

You also have the option to work with our postgraduate students on their Live Commercial Project module, which poses a real-life project alternative to the research-based dissertation. We will work with you to ensure the right students are matched to your project in order to maximise the gain for your business and support the student experience.

Bespoke Programmes

Our programmes are specially formulated for groups of leaders based on challenges faced in your organisation. The main benefit of a tailored programme is that it will produce better results for your staff and your organisation.

We will work with you to design and develop a programme that is right for your organisation. Our bespoke sessions enable you to unpick, identify and rectify concerns that are specific to the unique challenges faced by your organisation. We can hold the programme at a convenient time for your company and work with you to find the best course schedule – whether that’s staggering the training sessions across several months, or delivering a shorter, intensive course to help minimise disruption to your business.

"The course has a great reputation within our business area and we always have a high number of employees applying for the course, as the learning benefits are outstanding for both employee and employer."
Cathy Whelan
Senior HR Business Partner, Serco Direct Services

For more information please contact us:

Email: leadershipcentre@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)113 812 4813

The Hydra Suite

The Hydra Suite is our cutting-edge new facility for running Critical Decision Immersive Simulations – real-time, multimedia experiences that simulate an unfolding crisis and the results of participants responses to it. The simulations replicate the complexities of real-life crisis situations, aiming to help users test their decision-making, critical thinking, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

Hydra scenarios are specifically designed to develop participants' skills as informed practitioners, confident in their own capabilities and able to operate effectively as leaders and group participants in a high-pressure situation. You could work with us to integrate elements of your business into one of our scenarios, or to provide us with a real-life case study for us to turn into a scenario to be given to students.

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