Enterprise and entrepreneurship
Enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation are central to our Business School.
All our students have the opportunity to develop and practice entrepreneurial skills as enterprise is embedded across our curriculum – through our collaboration with Future Space and in our extracurricular activities. And it’s not just about starting your own business. Enterprising qualities are in demand in the workplace – organisations of all shapes and sizes benefit from these skills to move forward.
- Capacity for strategic thinking and planning.
- Clear and effective communication techniques.
- Capacity for networking and managing relationships.
- Initiative and decision-making skills.
- Creative problem solving.
- Identifying opportunities.
Bristol Business School graduate entrepreneurs
Team Entrepreneurship – BSc(Hons) Business – is an innovative course which offers students the opportunity to set up and run their own team company. Here’s a selection of the businesses recently set-up by our graduates:
- CrowdReach – an agency helping entrepreneurs raise capital through crowdfunding. Formed by undergraduates Rob Wilson, Bradley Green and Will Dooley, the business has raised more than £135,000 for a variety of innovative products since it was established.
- Pelico – a healthy food delivery service creating meals using locally-sourced and organic ingredients, and transporting them to time-strapped office workers by electric vehicle. The company – started by Leyth Hampshire and Alex Gatehouse – has been accepted onto the Seed Fund accelerator programme for promising food industry start-ups.
- Unique Insights – sophisticated analytical software helping universities reduce their undergraduate drop-out rates. Two universities have agreed to use the system and another five have expressed an interest in the approach devised by Jamie Rawsthorne and George Sanderson.
- Classic Bahnstormers – a business buying and restoring classic BMWs. Steve Curtis, the company's founder, plans to open a dealership soon, and has secured premises in Gloucestershire.
Pro bono Business and Law clinic
As part of its new University Enterprise Zone (UEZ), UWE Bristol is launching a pro bono legal service in collaboration with Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams Ltd, and international legal practice Osborne Clarke LLP. This support will be provided in the new Future Space on Frenchay Campus.
The weekly Business and Law Clinic will provide pro bono legal advice to small businesses in Future Space and across the South West. The key objective of the innovative venture will be to provide SMEs, growing businesses and start-ups with legal advice at a critical stage in their development.
A selected group of law students – undergraduates and postgraduate professional students – will offer advice on areas such as corporate and commercial, employment, litigation, and dispute resolution and tax. Supervised by practising solicitors from Gregg Latchams, Osborne Clarke and UWE Bristol, the students will gain real world insight and experience, and develop valuable skillsets with exposure to the world of business. In addition to the clinic, students will also be providing 'essentials' workshops in the professional services of law and accounting.