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Driving sustainable value through responsible leadership and management

Leeds Beckett University is proud to be a support member of The Good Governance Academy established last year to develop ‘conscious leaders who pursue value creation and the development of healthy, purpose driven organisations within the context of inclusive capitalism and sustainable development in all three dimensions of economy, society and the environment&rsquo

Artificial Intelligence in communications

Knowledge, adoption and perceptions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in strategic communication and public relations is one of the key topics explored in the European Communication Monitor 2019.

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Sugary drinks tax is working – now it’s time to target cakes, biscuits and snacks

A sugar tax on soft drinks has now been in operation in the UK for more than a year and results so far seem to indicate it’s working. But campaigners say more still needs to be done and that the next target should be biscuits, cakes and snacks –- many of which contain high amounts of sugar.

03/10/19
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The Independent Food and Drink Academy turns to the topic of Recruiting Staff and Keeping Them

We were very proud to host the third Independent Food and Drink Academy quarterly event, this time based around on the topic of Recruitment and Retention.

Stakeholders for Productivity Getting in the Right Orbit

There are plethora of potential stakeholders who are attempting to engage SME’s in helping them improve their productivity.

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Business School Start-up Competition Winner receives Royal Recognition

More than seventy students participated in the first start-up model competition introduced in the Business School earlier this year.  

Workplace Stress and Emotional Labour in Public Relations

Public relations is a stressful occupation. According to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) annual member survey, ‘heavy/unmanageable workload’ is the top factor contributing to workplace stress (59%), followed by ‘unrealistic deadlines or expectations from colleagues’ (46%).

11/07/19
Small Business Charter

An entrepreneurial celebration at the House of Lords

The Small Business Charter Summer Reception at the House of Lords provided an opportunity to hear about how business schools and small businesses are working together to benefit our society and economy.

01/07/19
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Degree Apprenticeships

The new framework standards for apprenticeships were introduced by the UK Government in May 2017.

12/06/19

SME Internationalisation – Innovation through sharing research and practice

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are important for economic sustainability, not only because of their capacity to create jobs but also due to their innovativeness and agility. 

11/06/19
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Engaging with the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development: A role for Integrated Reporting in universities

The United Nations’ Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is one of the most ambitious and important global agreements in recent history. The agenda, with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core, is a guide to tackling the world’s most pressing challenges – including ending poverty and bringing economic prosperity, social inclusion, environmental sustainability and good governance to all countries and all people.

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Reshaping our Towns and Cities

At a conference earlier this year Bill Grimsey, author of two influential reviews on town centres, provided a vision for the future.

15/05/19
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Re-launch of the Independent Food and Drink Academy

Olga Munroe, Head of the Retail Institute at Leeds Business School welcomed business leaders, academics and others to the re-launch of the Independent Food and Drink Academy (IFDA).

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Life as a KTP Associate at Leeds Beckett

For over 40 years the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) has been a successful part-government funded initiative that has contributed towards the growth of Research and Innovation in businesses across the United Kingdom.

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It's a matter of balance

Leeds Business School Guest Speaker Series welcomed Charlotte Valeur, recently appointed Chair of the Institute of Directors who talked about the importance of balance and the value of a perspective that blends together social, economic and environmental dynamics, spatial dimensions and the nature of power at various levels of society and organisations.

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What makes a good business mentor for entrepreneurs?

“A Mentor is Someone Who Helps You to Wake-up and Smell the Coffee”

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Leeds Business School Start Up Competition 2019

Learning about enterprise and entrepreneurship while at university introduces students to alternative perspectives on career options.  

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Business in Action

The Business in Action module is designed to address the need to understand the functions of the business environment whilst developing our students professional and academic skills.

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The Economy in 2019 and Beyond - 5 Key Takeaways

In the first Leeds Business School Guest Lecture of 2019 sponsored by Yorkshire Bank, Will Holman one of the Bank of England’s two representatives in Yorkshire provided some significant insights into the state of the economy ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU.

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Pioneering business mentoring in Europe

“A mentor helps people to get where they really want to go.”

Measuring and mapping the productivity maze in smaller businesses

The Business School and Lloyds Bank continued their collaborative research partnership with a second productivity roundtable event. The roundtable provided an opportunity to combine research, knowledge briefings and conversations about improving productivity.

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Opportunities for Internationalisation of British SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can benefit greatly from internationalisation, as illustrated in a new report prepared by Dr Martina Topić. The research, which is funded by the EU as part of the Interreg COMPETE IN project, highlights opportunities abroad to show how businesses can internationalise, increase their profits, and engage with the global community.

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UK Government policy on Obesity

The role of the government is to set and influence the public health agenda, and where relevant set expectations and boundaries for associated actors that have a role in supporting healthy behaviours

16/01/19
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Innovative Solutions for Sustainability in Higher Education (ISSUE)

Professor David Devins and Dr Fiona Robertson were delighted to attend the first meeting of international partners working together on the ISSUE project.  

Death of the Christmas Ad

This year's highly-anticipated Christmas adverts have been more miss than hit, according to the critics.

19/12/18

Influencer marketing – the next big thing?

Very few things drive sales as effectively as word-of-mouth recommendations.

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The Future of Packaging

The Retail Institute’s inaugural Collaborative Industry Forum took place on 11th December 2018, looking at the Future of Packaging.

12/12/18

First year undergraduate students are having their eyes and ears opened to the delights of opera.

Our undergraduate students studying Marketing at Leeds Business School, are having their eyes and ears opened to the delights of opera.

29/11/18

What are the Core Components of Communication Excellence?

The European Communication Monitor 2018 finds that excellent organisations both collect and use more information than ever before. Crucially, they also have effective leaders – although gaps in leadership skills and support exist across Europe. Insights from the largest transnational study on strategic communication worldwide.

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The Allen Key Effect. Swedish Style.

 A case study using IKEA to build postgraduate students’ employability skills on a vocational higher education course.

30/09/18
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Incubators and accelerators Small Business Charter Showcase Event

Professor George Lodorfos, Dean of Leeds Business School (LBS) welcomed fifty participants from universities in the UK to a Small Business Charter showcase event exploring University incubators and accelerators held at Cloth Hall Court in Leeds.

The Retail Institute at BAMA Innovation Day 2018

The Retail Institute was invited to attend the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) Innovation Day at the Royal Armouries on 17 May 2018. 

31/07/18

On human rights and corporate citizenry

Professor Mervyn King SC, President of the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility, recently gave a seminar entitled "On human rights and corporate citizenry”. Professor King is one of the world's foremost authorities on corporate governance, reporting and sustainability and the Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced the landmark reports known as King I, II, III, and IV.

Secular stagnation and imbalances in the Eurozone: a new response is needed

The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, and succeeding sovereign debt crisis, is still making its impact felt in Europe in the form of sluggish growth and high unemployment, particularly at the periphery. Despite apparently buoyant and benign growth in 2017 and the glittering figure of 0.6% in the 3rd quarter of 2017, output is still well below the long-term trend.

Fact or fiction: Re-writing the text on gender inequalities in communication management

During our twelve years of studying the annual status of the profession through the European Communication Monitor and the Latin American Communication Monitor, we have also painted a picture of the gender issues in public relations and communication management practice.

13/03/18
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Colonising the Future: The productivity puzzle, March of the Robots, and anxiety versus optimism

The UK has been grappling with a “productivity puzzle”. For the government and Office for National Statistics (ONS) this is something specific. It is the slowdown (described as a downward deviation) of output per hour from its previous upward trend.

Productivity: Strictly not just the bottom line

Politicians, commentators and economists have been vexed about productivity in the UK for some time. This has been referred to as the 'productivity gap', that is, the difference in productivity between the UK and a range of comparable economies, such as the G8, or the ‘productivity puzzle’, the change from 2008 onwards where productivity has flatlined in contrast to the historic upward trend.

How could this have happened?

As I write this question is ricocheting around Hollywood, post-Weinstein, and even the Houses of Parliament, leading in the first instance to Michael Fallon’s resignation. It is of course déjà vu. In the last decade the same cries went up after all the major governance crises - from the BBC and Jimmy Savile to the Catholic Church; from Parliament to the Mid Staffs Hospital Trust.

Managing customers expectations and engagement

In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven, world companies are playing catch-up and struggling to absorb new trends and changes. The speed with which people expect companies to respond to their needs and requirements, combined with how fast they can switch providers, is driving businesses to invest in personalised and automated solutions with the aim of producing better customer engagement.

10/10/17
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Supporting small business growth

Young businesses that want to grow are being offered funded business support and expertise by Leeds Beckett University through an innovative business programme.

Where next for Integrated Reporting

Earlier this year, we were delighted to welcome Professor David Welbourn, an associate of our Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility and to hear his analysis, thoughts and insights on the future effects of population growth, climate change and urbanisation.

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Business Schools: Fit for the Future?

For three days in May, we were delighted to welcome senior representatives from business schools in 17 countries across the globe to the 2017 Annual Conference of the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) hosted at the Rose Bowl.

Small Family Businesses: a key to economic resilience and sustainability

A report published earlier this year by the Institute for Family Businesses highlights the importance of family busineses to the UK economy. There are over 4.5 million of them in the UK, employing over 12 million people and contributing £460 billion to the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

14/06/17

The Impact of Brexit on UK Businesses

It is over a year since the referendum vote signalled the start of Brexit, and in that time UK businesses have experienced mixed fortunes.

06/06/17
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Transformative technologies and their application within financial services

At a recent guest lecture in the Rose Bowl, Chris Sier, Envoy of the Northern Powerhouse, provided a wake-up call to organisations operating in the Financial Services sector.

Integrated Reporting - A Pathway to Rebuilding Trust in Business

Society’s trust in key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media - has reached crisis point, according to a survey by the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer of over 33,000 respondents in 28 countries.1

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Excellent, Moi?

What constitutes excellence in strategic communication? This is a question we are often asked by business partners in the region.

What has Business got to do with Politics?

What has business got to do with politics? Go to a business school and you might be hard-pressed to find any answer. Yet business has everything to do with politics: regulation, taxes, opportunities for enterprise; government investment in business and infrastructure; lobbying; corruption; the nature and purpose of business, and so on. The arrival of President Trump on the scene makes it even more interesting.

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