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Loughborough University – supporting regional recruitment

Matt Symonds with Mazvita Mukarakate

When looking to recruit a high-calibre graduate, East Midlands-based business consultancy TBAT Innovation turned to the Graduates in Business programme managed by Loughborough University. 

The £1.5m initiative – supported by the European Regional Development Fund – provides an efficient, low-risk way for companies to take on a graduate, offering a no-cost, tailored recruitment service together with grant funding to help meet some of the employment costs.

TBAT Innovation – specialists in helping clients to access R&D funding – has recruited University of Leicester Masters graduate Mazvita Mukarakate to strengthen its bioscience and healthcare team.

Matt Symonds, director at TBAT Innovation says: “We are committed to growing our business through recruiting very focused and driven employees with the necessary skills and attitude to assist our clients.”

As well as helping regional companies to develop, the scheme is a great way for recent graduates to hone a variety of skills and gain valuable experience.

As Mazvita observes: “TBAT Innovation offers me a route into a career that will keep me motivated, interested and challenged.” 

Indeed, the majority of the graduates who have found placements through the scheme have been offered permanent positions. 

Catherine Allford, the scheme’s Project Manager, said: “Graduates in Business makes it easier for regional companies to access the expertise available from their local university whilst helping graduates to secure that all-important first job. I am delighted that the scheme has already supported so many companies and graduates across the East Midlands.”

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Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 14/10

About Loughborough University

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year title in 2008-09 and has been named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

About TBAT Innovation Ltd

TBAT is an independent firm of business consultants and has been trading since 2002. Based in the East Midlands, the team works throughout the UK.
Company headquarters and operations are based in Lockington Hall in Derbyshire and staff also work out of a satellite virtual office in the BioCity buildings in Nottingham.

TBAT works with a large range of organisations operating in a variety of industry sectors - predominantly centred around technology

The team is made up of a group of individuals with a wide range of skills and knowledge as a result of holding senior positions in Rolls-Royce, Bombardier Transportation, BAE Systems and Alstom Power.

Media contact for TBAT Innovation Ltd

Louise Third, Integra Communications

T: 0115 912 4350 / 07773 288342


About the European Regional Development Fund in the East Midlands

Graduates in Business ( is part financed by the Structural Funds for the East Midlands Region of the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

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Paula Hamill
Marketing Officer (Enterprise)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228684

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