Student and Graduate Enterprise

Resources

This page offers a virtual A-Z of enterprising information – activities, business clinics, fact sheets and useful contacts.

A gentle reminder... 

Think carefully before taking out any type of loan or paying a joining fee. The University does not endorse products or services provided by any business loan company or other supplier.

Assetz Capital

Assetz Capital are a peer-to-peer lending company who provide borrowers with convenient access to finance. They support a range of activities including start-ups.

The Beginners' Guide to Starting a UK Business

The Beginners' Guide to Starting a UK Business will help you to decide if you have what it takes to be your own boss.

British Library - Business and IP Centre workshops

The British Library offers a range of workshops to take you through everything you need to know to start, launch and grow your business.

Business Clinics

Our free monthly clinics give you the chance to talk to business experts and consultants about any business query you might have spanning tax, insurance, IP, finance and investment.

Appointments must be booked in advance, and you need to complete our Student Enterprise Enquiry Form beforehand to protect your idea.

Completed forms should be sent to Marina Pickles who will then make you a business clinic appointment.

Creative Leicestershire

Creative Leicestershire supports artists and creative businesses across the county, offering one-to-one business advice as well as a range of workshops and events.

The Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Development

The Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Development - based in the School of Business and Economics - is our hub for accredited enterprise education activity.

It coordinates all departmental enterprise education and delivers some stand-alone modules, workshops and courses for undergraduates and postgraduates.

The Entrepreneur Handbook

The Entrepreneur Handbook – founded by Loughborough graduate David Friel – is an expert resource and information website for UK entrepreneurs thinking of, starting or running a business.

Entrepreneurship - online training via Learn

An online course suitable for academics and postgraduate researchers interested in finding out more about Entrepreneurship and IP Commercialisation is available via the University's Learn site. You will need to log in.

Extra-curricular activities

We offer a variety of student and graduate enterprise events - including workshops and forums featuring entrepreneurs as well as competitions - throughout the year. Many of them are free to attend.

Take a look at our events calendar to find out more about upcoming events and and book your place. 

f6S.com

f6S.com – jointly founded by startupbootcamp and Springboard – is a useful tool for startups.

It provides a directory of 100s of accelerators and incubators as well as competitions, free packages and discounts for startups.

Not only that - you can actually apply for many of the programmes through the site without traipsing about the web.

HM Revenue and Customs

If you are starting your own business, the HMRC e-learning toolkit will answer all of your questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses. Full of useful tips and practical case studies, it’s a great way to get to grips with your business finances.

HMRC also offers a series of online webinars – both live and pre-recorded – to help you understand a range of tax issues and systems.

FREE Intellectual Property training

Learn how to protect your business idea with the IPO’s free training tutorial which takes just 20 minutes.

The Internet Marketing Academy

Take advantage of the Academy’s free training package to really boost your internet marketing strategy – and achieve formal accreditation via the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.

IP app for small businesses

In partnership with Swansea University and Intellectual Property (IP) Wales, the Intellectual Property Office has developed an IP app aimed at micro, small and medium enterprises to help you identify and understand how you can make your IP work for you.

IPSE

Founded in 1999, IPSE is the largest association of independent professionals in the EU. A not-for-profit organisation, IPSE offers its members a range of benefits and services.

Leicester Tech Startups

Leicester Tech Startups provides networking events, seminars, mentoring sessions and hackathons for anyone looking to launch - or already managing - a creative digital or tech-based startup.

MinuteHack

MinuteHack is packed with useful information and advice from inspirational business people.

NACUE

NACUE – the nationwide network of enterprising student societies – regularly holds events to educate, motivate and inspire – giving you the chance to

  • meet likeminded people
  • test your ideas in practical workshops
  • pitch for funding
  • meet potential employers

NACUE welcomes everyone – whether you simply want to know more about working in a startup or are already running a successful business. 

The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity

Founded in 1542, the Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides interest-free loans for young and new businesses needing investment as well as to people who want to invest in education.

A number of Loughborough graduates have benefitted from the support of the charity – including Katy Widdowson who used her loan to launch Loughborough business Bojangle Beads.

Start-up Loans for Young People

Start-up Loans for Young People is a government initiative for people aged 18-30 who have a business idea that needs financial support to make it happen.

Eligible applicants are supported by business mentors who help with the development of a business plan and financial forecasts in readiness for submitting a full loan application.

The scheme is managed and distributed by a number of providers, including

You can only apply through one supplier.

Please remember, the scheme offers loans which have to be paid back. However, if you can afford to take one on, it can be a fantastic opportunity for you and your business.

Guidance for applicants is available on the suppliers’ websites – but if you have any queries, please contact Marina Pickles.

Student and Graduate Enterprise Manager - here to help

Marina Pickles is the University’s Student and Graduate Enterprise Manager.

As well as organising a range of competitions and events – including workshops, drop-ins, forums and business clinics – she also provides support to new and existing student and graduate businesses.

Based in the Enterprise Office, Marina can help you assess the commercial potential of your innovative business ideas and offer advice on

  • confidentiality and Intellectual Property
  • developing your idea
  • where to find funding
  • how to grow your business
  • applying for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa

Marina and her colleagues can also provide advice on patents, copyright, trademarks, design rights, and confidentiality issues.

If you have a business idea or project that has intellectual property connected to it and you would like to discuss it further, please complete the Student Enterprise Enquiry Form‌‌‌, and then email it to Marina who will get in touch to arrange a meeting with you.‌

 

The Hub - a hive of activity in the Student's Union

The Hub opened its doors in September 2014 – and has been a hive of activity every day since. As well as offering signposting advice and enterprise guidance, The Hub team – Emma Bishop and April Pass – manage a range of competitions, events and forums for people to share, explore and grow their business ideas and skills.

Centrally located in the Students' Union, The Hub is the place to visit to learn how you can develop your enterprise muscles – and you’re always sure of a warm welcome and plenty of sound advice.

UnLtd

UnLtd is a leading provider of support to UK social entrepreneurs.

As well as an awards programme that supports hundreds of social enterprises each year, UnLtd manages a busy programme of events and networking opportunities and offers advice and a range of resources for social entrepreneurs.

Useful websites

Loughborough University websites

Business advice websites

Patent and invention websites

Social enterprise websites

Regional networks

Success stories

Ali Foroughi

Ali launched Jungle magazine in 2013 to showcase the work of both established and aspiring creative artists around the globe.

Sophie-Louise Hyde

Launched in 2013, The Student Wordsmith is the go-to place for students and graduates keen to read material by various writers – both established and previously undiscovered – that reflects their own experiences.

Simon Lyons

Simon’s design company, Version 22, develops innovative products that address household problems – like storage and opening awkward packaging.

Ali Foroughi

Ali launched Jungle magazine in 2013 to showcase the work of both established and aspiring creative artists around the globe.

Sophie-Louise Hyde

Launched in 2013, The Student Wordsmith is the go-to place for students and graduates keen to read material by various writers – both established and previously undiscovered – that reflects their own experiences.

Simon Lyons

Simon’s design company, Version 22, develops innovative products that address household problems – like storage and opening awkward packaging.