‘Collaborate to innovate’ at Anglia Ruskin’s business boosting workshops

Published: 27 February 2007 at 09:46

i10, Business Link, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and UKTI are backing the Ashcroft International Business School’s drive to encourage businesses from the region to make the most of the expertise available to them in order to excel in terms of overall business performance.

The Ashcroft International Business School (AIBS), a Faculty of Anglia Ruskin University, is inviting company owners, directors and senior managers to one of two available workshops that will each focus on collaboration opportunities.  The events, Collaborate to Innovate, will enable attendees to learn about government-supported knowledge transfer schemes that could be worth up to £30,000 per year for an organisation, as well as two days per month of free consultancy from an expert.

The Ashcroft International Business School is also launching a Practice Based Degree programme. This initiative will provide companies in the region with an opportunity to attract, grow and maintain its work force; with each new employee working towards a BA degree in management and leadership while adding near full-time value and capacity to ongoing company operations.

The events which start at 4.00pm are on Tuesday 6 March at the Holiday Inn, Histon, and Tuesday 13 March at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Ian Chapman, Knowledge Transfer Manager at the University commented:

"Anglia Ruskin University has contributed actively to the economic strength of the region by supporting the growth and success of businesses, particularly small and medium-sized companies. We provide training and knowledge solutions for companies across the East of England and the UK, working on projects from healthcare, to business and engineering and everything inbetween."

"These events will help us to reach out to people who are actively seeking to make their businesses better and take them forwards. Many owners are not aware of the funds available for these specialist activities or the intellectual resources that can help enhance their business prospects."

"It’s all here for those who want to take advantage of expert collaboration to bring about inspired innovation."

Whatever the sector or size of the operation, the 90 full-time academic staff and associates at AIBS work alongside relevant company personnel to improve the performance, manageability and efficacy of the business.  Consultancy, training and knowledge transfer services are all delivered to suit the needs of the business.

The 3000 students, including 600 postgraduate students, contribute to Business success too as work-experience is an integral part of their study.

Graduates leave the business school ready for industry, with the skills and knowledge designed to help them to become productive from the first day of employment.