Executive Education


28 May 2019

SBE's partnership with Anglian Water shortlisted at the University's Enterprise Awards

Anglian Water

The School of Business and Economics has been collaborating with Anglian Water for several years. 

The School has provided a range of education and training opportunities, spanning Senior Leaders Apprenticeships, Master's and MBA projects and short courses. Anglian Water has also worked closely with Professor David Saal around regulation in the utilities sector, appointing him as a key advisor. In addition, the company offers annual placements to undergraduates and taps into the University’s valuable graduate recruitment pipeline.

An important element of the relationship with Anglian Water has been the co-development and delivery of the award-winning Transforming Our Leadership programme (2014-18), along with partners Lane4. 

The programme won a Personnel Today Award in 2017 for excellence in learning and development, and at the beginning of last week, was shortlisted for a Loughborough University Enterprise award in the Partnership category.

The innovative programme has drawn on a wealth of expertise across a variety of organisations and companies – including Loughborough Students’ Union which provided social media training; the Sports Development Centre who led physical activities to enhance classroom learning; and local businesses, Burleigh’s Gin and LocateMe, who supported enterprise activities.

To date, more than 250 Anglian Water senior managers have completed the programme with very positive impacts for both the company and University.

The company has reported improvements in retention and sickness absence and a reduction in accidents; whilst 2016-17 was its most successful year for factors including customer service and leakage rate.

Meanwhile, the University has enjoyed enhanced income generation via consultancy and venue hire, and a growth in curriculum-based projects.

The partnership continues to develop with new initiatives already underway.

Phil Brown, Head of People Development at Anglian Water, said: 

"The combination of elite sports development, business knowledge and academic rigor has meant that all of the interventions have been of a high quality, but also practical - meaning our leaders can apply them straight away."