Enterprise Day is launched to link university with businesses

University Waterfront building

University Waterfront building - Credit: Archant

All aboard the UCS Enterprise

The inaugural Enterprise Day is launching at the University Campus Suffolk (UCS) Ipswich Waterfront Building today, Friday July 10.

This brand new initiative is intended to bring together local businesses with university students and staff to explore opportuntiies the growth of the university is providing locally.

The young university is already growing links with the business community locally and further afield.

Enterprise Day takes place in the Waterfront Building all day, from 8am.

As a key driver of regional economic growth, UCS has created the one day event for local businesses and UCS students, alumni and staff and will provide networking opportunities and explore UCS’ contribution to local and regional economic growth.

There will also be a wide range of advice available to businesses on the ways in which they can engage with Higher Education and UCS.

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Key note speakers at the conference include Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and Aaron Porter, Director of External Affairs for the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid and Professor Ian Baxter from UCS.

Martin Donnelly, permanent secretary for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, will be presenting on the day about ‘The BIS role in supporting enterprise’,

He said; “The UCS Enterprise Day is a great opportunity to speak to students, academics, businesses and entrepreneurs about the work we are doing in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to support the birth and growth of new enterprises in Ipswich and across the country. I’m looking forward to seeing in person the work that UCS are doing, in partnership with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and local authorities, to help foster new businesses and build the local economy.”

Aaron Porter, director of external affairs for the NCUB will be exploring ‘The impact of Universities on local economic growth.’

He said; “It is great to see that University Campus Suffolk has recognised the growing importance of university-business collaboration. As an organisation NCUB engages directly with government to help shape this agenda at a national level, informed by our high level network of university and business leaders. I look forward to sharing this expertise at what promises to be an interesting day.”

Businesses will be able to meet other enterprises and individuals that have already benefitted from collaborations with UCS from the launch of the event with a business breakfast at 8.00am.

There are then a series of workshops will be available to attend as part of the throughout the da,y ranging from ‘Sustainability for business’ to ‘Managing knowledge in SMEs’, including interactive sessions on ‘Quality of an Entrepreneur’ and ‘Data Protection for Small businesses’.

The event is sponsored by Menta, who will be facilitating the business breakfast and be on hand throughout the day to talk about business support, advice and events available. Alex Till, CEO at Menta, said; “We are pleased to be sponsoring the first UCS Enterprise Day. It’s vital we address the needs, skills, enterprise and employability issues of businesses as they’re fundamental for the economic growth of Suffolk.”