December/January 2019

Industry and business 4.0 are driving huge change

Entire industries will cease to exist, as automation develops and machines become capable of doing many of the jobs we take for granted today. The ways in which business operates as a consequence of that is changing and will continue to change in ways that we don’t yet even understand. Building a flexible UK workforce that can meet the demands of this changing business model is vital.

At the University of Salford Business School we are committed to developing business leaders and managers that are equipped for next-generation practice in the global marketplace. Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice yet forward-looking and developed in partnership with business leaders.

The quality of our teaching is built upon strong intellectual resources. With over 100 academics – many of whom remain active in the business world – the School benefits from a broad range of expertise and ensures our international curriculum disseminates cutting-edge knowledge to our students and clients. Without innovation, business fails. Our focus on business innovation and business sustainability encourages an entrepreneurial mindset, enhancing both employability prospects and the ability to generate business/employment opportunities.

Entrepreneurship focus
The University of Salford is committed to enabling and producing the entrepreneurs of the future, who can innovate using technology in inspiring new ways. Innovation is key to growing the regional and national economy and providing jobs far into the future. We work closely with entrepreneurs who pass on their skills and methods for success. An entrepreneurial attitude is not useful just for those who want to set up their own business, but is a vital skill for employees and is highly valued by business.

Launch your business at Salford
Entrepreneurial students and graduates from the University of Salford are given support to take on the world with their ideas, thanks to a new business incubator.

Launch@SalfordUni hosts ambitious entrepreneurs with great business ideas, who benefit from six months of advice and space to grow their ideas into fully fledged businesses. It’s about making Greater Manchester the best place to start and grow a new business and is supported by The GC Business Growth Hub and Santander Universities. Launch@SalfordUni provides a location to generate ideas and work with leading business figures. In addition to workshops and advice, the programme includes subject specific Q&A sessions, facilitated by academic staff from Salford Business School, networking showcase events and access to a seed funding pot made available through the University and partners Santander.

Greater Manchester Mayor
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham helped open the new facility. He said: “This answers a real need in the regional economy, that is start up space for young entrepreneurs. It is often difficult when you are trying to launch a new business, you need funding and accommodation. This sends a message that students can aspire to run their own business when they graduate. The jobs and investment that these businesses create will bring huge benefits, but it also brings a buzz to the place. That is why this is so important to me, it’s putting real energy into the Greater Manchester economy.”

Sophie Graham is one of the ambitious students selected to use the facility. Her website has been running for a few years already and has covered huge music events such as BBC Big Weekend, Leeds Festival and Fusion Festival. Sophie, who graduated with BA Television and Radio, said: “It started as a hobby, it’s my passion really. We do reviews, exclusive interviews, new releases and exclusive music documentaries. I’m looking to branch out more nationally and I’d like to turn the hobby into something that pays the bills.

“We have big plans for the future, which is why this incubator will be so useful for me. I’m sure with the support of the University and the whole team I’ll be able to make it a success.”

University of Salford Business School
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