On the 27th November 2014, Norwich Business School launched its pilot business breakfast in partnership with the Adapt Low Carbon Group. The breakfast event was free to businesses and complimentary parking was also provided. The inaugural event showcased what the university, especially NBS and Adapt can offer to the local business community. Twenty five local businesses attended the event to find out what is on offer to help their business to grow and prosper.
The breakfast was a huge success and twenty five businesses signed up to the event and flocked to NBS for our networking event which begun at 7:30am. The event was in three parts: initial networking, UEA business offerings and one to one networking with businesses discussing the specific needs.
The first session began with registration and delegate packs issued to all attendees followed by a delicious buffet breakfast of coffee, fruit juice, pastries and breakfast baps. This initial session gave a valuable opportunity for informal networking between both the NBS staff and their fellow business owners.
The presentation session was hosted by our Professor of Corporate Leadership Andy Wood who is also the Chief Executive of Adnams Brewery. Andy believes that such events “bridge the language barrier between business and academia resulting in great benefit for the local economy”.
The speakers included. Dr Liliya Serazetdinova who demonstrated how innovation vouchers can provide finance to fund business and low carbon related consulting services. You can find out more about innovation vouchers here.
Dr Graham Manville gave case study evidence of how Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can really result in a step change in performance leading to increased turnover and profit. Further information on KTPs can be found on the government website.
Sue Johnson from REN gave examples of how businesses can engage the services of our skilled subject matter expert academics to improve their business. Further details can be found on our webpage.
The closing session was another opportunity to recharge your glasses and have another croissant and discuss your specific business needs with our panel of experts. The final session was arguably the most valuable session as businesses having heard what UEA can provide were able to follow up and request a further meeting at their own business premises with one of our experts. Martin Goymour, CEO of the Zoological Society of East Anglia said the event “provided me with an opportunity to learn more about what NBS and Adapt can do for my business”
The event concluded around 9:00am allowing business owners to continue doing what they do best, running their business.
The event was organised by Dr Graham Manville, Associate Director for Learning & Teaching Quality and a Certified Management Consultant and Greg Luxford, Deputy Chief Executive of Adapt. Graham believes that these types of events will “showcase East Anglia’s best kept secret, the power of NBS to help local businesses to grow and thrive in the local, national and international economy”. Watch this space for the next event which will take place early in 2015.