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Business engagement

In recognition of the long-standing work we have conducted as a School over the decades with external organisations and individuals, we are proud to have been awarded the Small Business Charter in 2014.

The Small Business Charter is important for the SBE because:

  • It demonstrates excellence and deep engagement with business, particularly SMEs;
  • It pinpoints destinations for start-up and business growth advice;
  • It anchors small business support with big infrastructure;
  • It provides a tangible window for students and businesses to engage.

Award-winning schools collectively offer on-site incubators with dedicated space for students and small businesses to start up and grow, a dedicated small business growth and leadership programme driving real impact and a strong full-time support network of alumni and local business experts to support both students and small businesses.

The School of Business and Economics already has an established record of supporting SMEs and business start-ups, including providing research consultancy to a wide range of organisations, engaging in SME and entrepreneurship-focused research and helping students to recognise the value of undertaking a professional placement in an SME or as their own start-up company for their third year.

If you would like to find out more about how your SME can work with us for mutual benefit, please contact Vicki Unwin on +44 (0)1509 222160 or

In addition, we deliver the Managing Innovation module on the Loughborough MBA, a unique and much-lauded core module on the programme which brings students together with managers from some of our corporate partners on a live commercial project.

The Managing Innovation module gives students the opportunity to work alongside innovation partners on live projects and plan a strategy for developing something new.

Students also have access to the advice of a range of Business Angels and intellectual property lawyers and present their strategies to a panel of directors and other business experts. Our aim is to inspire students to realise their own business ambitions.

If you wish to engage with us by offering our MBA students an opportunity to work with your organisation on a bespoke project, please contact Dr Amanda Berry to discuss options and benefits.