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Enterprise Consultancy Project 2023

Chris Jaume, co-founder of Cooper King Distillery and Ollie Rees, BSc Biotechnology With Enterprise student at the distillery.

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Would you like external advice for your enterprise and a fresh perspective?  Are you currently facing any business issues or considering new opportunities for your  small business or social enterprise?

If so, the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at the University of Leeds would like to hear from you!

We are inviting applications from small businesses and social enterprises who would like the opportunity to work with a group of final year undergraduate students undertaking a consulting project to investigate and provide advice on an issue that is important to you.  The project proposal should have a particular emphasis on business development, innovations or exploring new market opportunities.

Ritvik and the team were great ambassadors for the University—so bright, so congenial, and likely to do great things.

Feedback from Todd Hannula, Social Entrepreneur, founder of Shine, Leeds - participant in Enterprise Consultancy Project.

Ritvik Mewari, BSc Accounting & Finance talking to Todd Hannula, founder of Shine, Social Enterprise

Ritvik Mewari, BSc Accounting & Finance talking to Todd Hannula, founder of Shine, Social Enterprise and Bally Afzal.

The project will run from October 2023 until mid-January 2024.

Key dates for the project are as follows: –

Monday 11th September 2023 – Deadline for consultancy project application forms to be submitted.

Friday 15th September 2023 – Enterprises informed if their project has been shortlisted to be pitched to students

Week 1 – Week Commencing 2nd October 2023 – Enterprises to pitch their projects to students (live or pre-recorded). Students vote for preferred projects.

Week 2 – Week Commencing 9th October 2023 – Enterprises informed of student decision outcome.  Selected projects begin.

Week 6 – Week Commencing 6th November 2023 – Half-way point project review meeting between client and students

Week 9  – Week Commencing  27th November 2023 – Client to attend student’s presentations project draft results . Client provides verbal feedback for final report.

Mid-January 2024 – Students’ consulting report sent to client. Client provides final written feedback (short form).

The Trust is currently trialling the revised cafe and shop layout that the student ream proposed within their final report. The feedback on the changed layout is very positive and will be adopted when the cafe and shop is refurbished during the first quarter of 2024.

Charles Milner, Director, Middleton Railway Trust Limited.

To hear about one CEO's experience of working with our students Liz Kellett, of Trust Leeds, reflects on the project in a Blog here.

Who are the students and what are they studying?

The LUBS3013 Enterprise Consultancy module is open to final year undergraduate students across the university.  This module aims to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for students to acquire and develop a deep understanding of how enterprises (including social and other 3rd sector organisations) combine business practices with effecting change, specifically the creation of new opportunities.  Working directly with enterprises, the student team will deliver a project to an enterprise's consultancy brief over the 6-8 week period within the module.   This will develop their team-working skills, their ability to project manage and at the same time gain an in-depth understanding of how these organisations are managed.  They will be expected to actively contribute to discussion and developing new ideas as part of a student consultancy team that provides advice on entrepreneurship and business development strategies.

For any further information, please contact Dr Richard Tunstall.

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