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We offer specialist services to boost your business performance.

By addressing strategic or operational problems, we can help you to achieve a range of objectives such as increasing profits, growing sales, reducing costs, developing new products/services and enhancing your strategic capabilities.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Innovate for success using the heavily subsidised flagship KTP scheme.

Find out more about the KTP scheme

Performance improvement through Knowledge Transfer

Use a range of cost effective services to improve financial performance and strategic and operational capabilities through problem-centred knowledge transfer products.

Consultancy and Contract Research

Leading edge expertise from renowned academics in performance critical business areas.

Student Projects

Free use of final year undergraduates or masters students to address specific issues through short-term projects.

To participate in the Student Project scheme, simply complete and return the project brief form to the email below. Please note that projects tend to run in the Autumn term.

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Contact us on 0161 247 3984 or email business.gateway@mmu.ac.uk.

in-depth Case Studies

Sodexo

Niel Barbour – UK Operations Director for Sodexo Healthcare

Sodexo is one of the world's largest facilities management companies, with a presence in many sectors including education, local government, security and healthcare. The company is keen to expand its operations into new areas of work as its portfolio of clients continues to grow and as fresh opportunities arise. According to the UK Operations Director for Sodexo Healthcare, Niel Barbour, the business became aware of the benefits of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership when they began to examine the social care market.

"Our starting point was a desire to invest in the social care market and the best way of determining what part of the market was to commission some research on this sector. For the study to be worthwhile, we needed to find someone with the skill to be able to collect and translate this information into practical recommendations to take the business forward. We looked at the various options available and it was then we discovered the KTP and what it could offer us.

"Once we had agreed with MMU what we were looking for, we started the process of finding the right person. All the people we interviewed were high quality candidates with first or 2:1 degrees and I know it's as important to the university as it is to us to make sure the best people are selected. What you get through the process is an enquiring and hungry mind – and we found this in Amit.

"As a business we are keen to get something out of the relationships we build. We want Amit to get his Masters and to become a more rounded individual with some 'real' work experience, but equally we want something which will benefit Sodexo. In effect it's an investment for both parties. Our aim was to identify a new area of work that we could explore more deeply and then apply this intelligence to the social care sector to grow our business and add some real value to this market.

"The benefit of the partnership with MMU has shown itself through the work Amit has done for us with plenty of advice and support from Dr David Atkinson. Involvement in the KTP has given us access to the university and for the business to have the resources of MMU at hand has been a great benefit to have.

"As the KTP has progressed we've realised that our initial position has needed to alter. Our original brief has changed as information has been collated and changes in the market have occurred throughout the year. I think this has provided an additional challenge for Amit as he has had two different masters to please -Sodexo and the university – but he has managed to satisfy both parties.

"We have gathered far more intelligence as a result of the KTP than we would otherwise have been able to. The partnership was a practical option for us and we are pleased with the intelligence it has delivered. The KTP is very much a venture in which you learn as you go along. You have to get involved to learn from things and we've learned a lot from our involvement."

Niel Barbour

UK Operations Director for Sodexo Healthcare

Sodexo

Amit Maniar - Strategic Marketing Specialist

After gaining a First Class honours degree in Marketing Management at MMU – which included a year's placement working at Volkswagen's Head Office – Amit Maniar's first full-time position was in on-line advertising. However, when the opportunity was offered to work as part of a KTP with Sodexo in Manchester, Amit had no regrets in leaving as he saw the partnership as a chance to enhance his future career prospects – and study for a Masters at the same time.

"In comparison to my past work experience, my work for Sodexo has been different to anything I have ever done before. My role has largely involved working on my own initiative and this takes a totally different approach to working as part of a team. I didn't follow anyone in this position and so there was no yardstick to measure myself against.

"Initially, Sodexo arranged for me to spend my first month visiting different parts of the company to familiarise myself with the business and the company culture. Working within healthcare, there's a lot more to consider in comparison with my previous job in advertising – for example getting out of the office and dealing with people face-to-face. Also working around the sensitivities of the NHS with its rules and regulations is a lot more challenging.

"What's really good about the partnership is the way it gets you involved in a clear plan of work from the start. The work I'm involved in is far beyond what I would expect to be doing – or expected to do – in a more conventional position. In my time at Sodexo I've presented to the managing director on a couple of occasions and have a monthly meeting with him. I don't expect I would have had this opportunity as a 'traditional' employee.

"I expected to be in at the deep end from the beginning and so I haven't been surprised with the demands of the KTP. I feel very fortunate to be in this position and to be trusted with a whole project. By the end of my 12 months at Sodexo, I will have a series of recommendations for the company relating to the social care sector with a set of clear foundations and strategic information to back them up.

"The experience of work coupled with the study towards the Masters over the 12 months is priceless and can only help my future career."

Amit Maniar

Strategic Marketing Specialist

Sodexo

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