Published: 15th March 2013
BUSINESS students at Manchester Metropolitan University are set to benefit from the experience of one of city’s entrepreneurs.
Lisa Tse from award winning restaurant Sweet Mandarin has been awarded a Visiting Enterprise Fellowship at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.
The former Business School graduate will use the honorary role to mentor management students and alumni, guest lecture on key business issues and share her extensive entrepreneurial knowledge with the business leaders of the future.
Dr Sue Shaw, Business School Head of Management, said: “We are thrilled to have somebody of Lisa’s standing and professionalism associated with our department.
“We have a long relationship with Lisa and she has always wanted to return and give something back to the university. She is an extremely busy, hardworking and dedicated business owner so her willingness to share her time and knowledge with our students is a real privilege.
“We are delighted to recognise Lisa’s on-going commitment to MMU and our students with this award.”
Prof Ruth Ashford, Business School Dean in the Faculty of Business and Law, said: “Lisa is inspirational and we are extremely proud that she is so successful in her business venture as one of our alumni. She is a true role model for our students and so to honour Lisa as a Visiting Fellow is very important to us.”
Lisa has run the family restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter with her twin sister Helen since its opening in 2004.
Passion for business
Sweet Mandarin went on to win Best Local Chinese Restaurant on Gordon Ramsey’s The F Word in 2009.
The pair have also found success with their Sweet Mandarin sauces based on family recipes, which after an appearance on TV’s Dragons Den, are now sold in Sainsbury’s, Selfridges and are exported to Russia, Switzerland, Germany and Hong Kong.
Lisa said: “When I started at MMU I felt it changed me a person. I became more confident and I discovered my real passion for business.
“I was always in the bottom class in school and was on the verge of failing but as soon as I started university I found myself in the top 10 in my classes. I am thankful to MMU for that and the drive they instilled in me.
“I hope to inspire students by showing them that if I can achieve what I have from my background of not excelling in school then they can achieve anything with the chances they are given in the Business School.”
Lisa has already done extensive work for MMU’s Business School since she graduated in 2000 including sitting on Dragon Den style panels and working with young enterprise projects.
She continued: “I want to show the students in the Business School how what they are learning can be applied out in the real world and to make their studies relevant to them.
“As a business owner we look for new employees and I also extend my contacts in business to the students. As the employment market gets even tougher I want to show them how to stand out in a crowd and use their full potential. The quality of students that come out of MMU is very high and they have incredible potential.”
David Taylor, Programme Coordinator for Business, Management and Enterprise, said: “Lisa has been a fantastic role model for our students as a business advisor, guest speaker and regularly supporting enterprise activities.
“She has passionately shared her rich experiences, inspiring the students and giving them valuable insights into the business world.”
This latest visiting fellowship role adds to an already impressive array of expertise on hand in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School.
Alumni including David Fairhurst, now senior Vice-President of People for McDonald’s, and motivational speaker, writer and lecturer Damien Hughes are both visiting professors.