Growing Local Business

Connecting Universities to Business

Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Grange City Hotel, Coopers Row, London EC3

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This conference took place on Tuesday 2 December 2014.

If you missed out on attending the event in person you can catch up by watching online here.

Below you can watch the All Party Group on Inclusive Growth which brings together a cross-party group of senior parliamentarians discussing the theme of "No place left behind: Driving regional growth through Collaboration"

A key feature of industrial or commercial growth periods is the interconnectedness of business communities with civic infrastructure and planning powers, finance sources and the research, management knowledge and creative innovators.   The Institutes of the industrial revolution were centres of learning where entrepreneurs met, civic leaders backed projects where industrial and business managers learned new techniques.

How can cities and regions of the UK emulate the clusters of the modern tech industries in California, or the creative industries around Milan, the Mittlestand in Germany or finance and the City in London.  

Important strands of work in government are converging with work by LEPS to make connections and strengthen local networks and raise standards of business management and connect business into national networks.

Speakers included:

The Rt Hon. The Lord Heseltine CH

Lord Adonis, Shadow Infrastructure Minister

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills

Aaron Porter, Director - External Relations, National Centre for Universities and Business

John Widdowson, Principal, New Durham College; Chair, Mixed Economy Group

Professor Angus Laing, Dean, Loughborough University Business School; Chair, Association of Business Schools

Tim Hames, Director General, The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

This Programme aimed to:

  • Create a series of video business programmes for subsequent use with business and universities to spread best practice and innovation.
  • Highlight how successful connections with local and regional businesses are being made by universities.
  • Set out what businesses at different level of growth need from Universities and local enterprise partnerships
  • Reveal how specialist companies can access national networks and resources
  • Describe how universities and business schools can support  local economic partnership
  • Explore how to meet the skills sets demands for management and leaders in local and regional economies.
  • Set out how to identify high potential companies and support their business needs.
  • Strengthen the management skills in businesses to support the specialist innovators.
  • Look at the hosting and convening role that can be played by Universities.
  • Help connect local businesses to finance, financial institutions and understand measures of business competence and qualification
  • Show how to collaborate to create an environment for entrepreneurship
  • Set out how  to assist local and regional businesses now connect to global markets
  • Explain the development of business schools and centres of excellence
  • Set out how research in universities can connect with companies and innovators