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.
I had the pleasure of representing Leeds Business School at the event this year and although was a rainy early summer day in London, the welcome to the House of Lords was warm and inviting. The Reception was a wonderful opportunity for business school faculty and entrepreneurs to network, build contacts and exchange ideas. Guests came from across the country and shared their knowledge and experiences. I met up with Faresh Maisuria of Blueberry Marketing Solutions and one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence at Leeds Business School. I was interested to hear of all the good work being done by Faresh and blueberry marketing solutions, their commitment to learning and development and the growth of the business in Leeds. The event was hosted by Lord Young of Graffham, Patron of the Small Business Charter and author of several influential reviews on enterprise and small business for government. Lord Young spoke about the importance of small businesses to the UK economy and the role of the Small Business Charter. The Reception also saw the launch of the Amazon Campus Challenge which is an exciting competition that offers students the opportunity to test and develop their business skills in a real-life environment. Students can register here for the competition which will run until June 2020. The Reception was informative and engaging and served to highlight the continuing importance of businesses and education working together to deliver an innovative, vibrant and thriving small business sector in the UK.
Brian joined Leeds Beckett University in 2004 as Senior Lecturer in Marketing. Since joining Leeds Beckett University Brian has been engaged in teaching and lecturing, academic and applied research, funded projects (e.g. Erasmus plus) and consultancy (e.g. ERDF).