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Minister's praise for MMU enterprise

Published: 24th January 2011

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Baroness Hanham with NWDA's Peter Malpass, Dr Clare Schofield, Dean of MMU Business School Professor Ruth Ashford and students on the scheme

CABINET Minister Baroness Hanham praised the “excellence” of Manchester Met’s enterprise culture on a visit to the University this week.

New ventures and graduate business are on the rise due to a coordinated push by the University on business skills and entrepreneurship among its 35,000 students.

The University’s Centre of Enterprise, based at the Business School, currently runs Enterprise Champions, a North West Development Agency scheme to embed a new culture of enterprise in higher education.

The Baroness, who is the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities and Local Government, toured the centre and met young entrepreneurs from start-up company Tunafish Media.

1,000 students

She was very impressed with what we’ve been doing through the Champions scheme,” said Dr Clare Schofield, whose team has supported over 1,000 MMU students and alumni to develop their enterprising knowledge and skills in fields as diverse as mobile computing, health, art business and design.

“We have created 38 new businesses and recruited the first MMU Entrepreneur in Residence, Mark Sims, to support student learning.

“We’ve also supported teams that represented MMU at both the national finals and of leading young enterprise competitions like SIFE and Flux 500.”

And the centre is not resting on its laurels; it plans to create a further 55 new businesses and 60 jobs by 2013, working through the Business School's graduate business incubator Innospace.

The NWDA has invested £930,000 in the Enterprise Champion programme.