The Enterprise Shed: Making Ideas Happen


The Enterprise Shed: Making Ideas Happen

Everyone is a thinker and a doer. Everyone is entrepreneurial. Turn your ideas into action with this free online course.

A park bench? A run? A workshop? A shed? We all have places where we do our best thinking and doing. This course aims to recreate that atmosphere, enabling you to unlock and explore your ideas, and make them happen.

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The Next Billion Dollar Wave In Tech –

Reintroducing the Extreme Tech Challenge – an amazing opportunity for start-ups to network and pitch on Necker Island to secure funding and infrastructure for their businesses.


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BIG Breakfast Networking Event

The ‘Big Breakfast’ Networking Event


Wednesday, 04 February 2015 | 8.30am – 10.30am | Lancaster House Hotel, Ellel, Lancaster, LA1 4GJ

Join the masses at this exclusive ‘Big Breakfast’ Networking Event and engage with a whole host of businesses from across the district.

This informal breakfast event is a perfect opportunity to make valuable connections with other business professionals, shout out about your business and inspire others.

Aaron Crewe, Managing Director of SEO 24/7 will be speaking about why it’s “Good practice to share business connections”, as well as encouraging people to engage with each other.
All attendees have the opportunity to bring along a banner to further promote their business.
Book today and be part of something BIG – it could be the perfect opportunity to grow your business!

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Kevin Roberts Masterclass – this Friday!!

We wanted to invite you all to a masterclass this Friday with Kevin Roberts. The event forms part of our masterclass series and will include an audience of businesses, MBA and Masters Students and University staff and associates.

Kevin Roberts, CNZM, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi


Friday 16th January 2014, 16:45 – 20:00

Masterclass and registration will be held in the George Fox Lecture Theatre 1, Lancaster University. Networking to be held in the Management School following the masterclass.

Kevin Roberts is the New York-based CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi – one of the world’s leading creative organizations with over 6500 people and 130 offices in 70 countries – and part of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communications group. Saatchi & Saatchi works with 6 of the top 10 and over half of the top 50 global advertisers.

Born and educated in Lancaster, Kevin started his career in the late 1960s with iconic London fashion house Mary Quant. He became a senior marketing executive for Gillette and Procter & Gamble in Europe and the Middle East. At 32, he became CEO of Pepsi-Cola Middle East; and later Pepsi’s CEO in Canada. He took up his position as CEO Worldwide with Saatchi & Saatchi in 1997.


We ask that you register a place/ places at the event so we can cater for the correct numbers. Please feel free to bring along a guest with you.

We anticipate that this masterclass will be very popular and we want to ensure we have enough seats!

To confirm attendance, please email or call Eve Tinker on 01524 510703 or

Science Shows How People With Messy Desks Are Actually Different Than Everyone Else

Are you too messy? Instead of a filing cabinet, do you have piles of folders bursting to the seams? Is your Rolodex covered with doodles, while your drawers are full of loose business cards? Do memos arrive at your desk only to be tossed in an overstuffed trash can or linger in eternity amid a heap of their forgotten brethren?

A messy desk with lots of paperwork

We’re trained to think that messiness is evil and unproductive. But there might be a method to all that madness.

It turns out science can explain. There’s fairly robust psychological evidence that messiness isn’t just symptomatic of poor standards or effort, but might actually provoke creativity

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Jo Fairley, Entrepreneur and Creator of Green & Black’s

Come and listen to LUMS’ guest speaker TOMORROW..


Date: 14 January 2015, 5.45 PM
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, LUMS
Speaker: Jo Fairley, Entrepreneur
Organised by: The Lancaster MBA

Green & Black’s was started with just £20,000 of Jo’s savings, and has grown into a brand worth approaching £100 million worldwide in less than 20 years, showing Jo has an exceptional understanding of brand creation and development.

Despite its widespread global availability, Green & Black’s has retained its luxury cachet: it is the only food brand featured in the UK’s CoolBrands Top 20.

Since co-founding Green & Black’s chocolate in 1991, she has built the brand into the world’s leading organic chocolate, continuing to champion its worldwide success in co-operation with its new owners, Cadburys.

From its inception, Green & Black’s has also been an ethical brand and was the first brand to be awarded the UK Fairtrade Mark with Maya Gold  in 1994. Jo draws upon such ethical issues and shows how working for a company with a strong CSR programme can boost team spirit and dedication.


5.45pm  Registration, Hub breakout space

6.15pm  Talk commences, Lecture theatre 1

7.15pm  Networking and drinks, Hub breakout space

Please contact for any further information regarding this event

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2015

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards


What Can I Win?

The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of student and graduate entrepreneurs. Not only will the awards help secure cash investment to aid students with their ideas and businesses, but they will also provide the winners with valuable press coverage via the recognition received through this initiative. Winners will also then qualify for entry into the Santander Universities Enterprise Community programme.

The competition is open to students or recent graduates (within last two years), and entries can be from individuals or groups.

Undergrad prizes

  • 1st prize: £5,000
  • 2nd prize: £3,000
  • 3rd prize: £1,000

Postgrad prizes

  • 1st prize: £20,000
  • 2nd prize: £10,000
  • 3rd prize: £5,000

To enter you will need to submit a business plan by midday Monday 9th March.  The plans will then be shortlisted and evaluated by a panel and an entry for each category put forward to represent Lancaster University in the national competition .

Click here for more information: Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards Information Pack

All submissions should be emailed to



Job opportunity – Lancaster Jazz Festival

The overall purpose of this project is to undertake an organisational review of
Lancaster Jazz Festival and make proposals for a three year strategic plan.


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Knowledge is Beautiful

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In this age of high-speed living and information overload, visualised information has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate and find meaning in a complex world.

David McCandless is a London-based data journalist and designer, and author of the blog and bestselling book Information is Beautiful. From national military budgets and bird flu outbreaks, to Doctor Who’s journeys through time and the intricate relationships of the Middle East, his elegant and often playful infographics and live story-telling bring to life information too complex or abstract to grasp any way but visually.

In his new book, Knowledge is Beautiful, he expands the approach beyond data and information to the richer, deeper, denser material of  “knowledge”.  Whether it’s science, politics, finance or just the hidden patterns in Hollywood storylines, David uses this new approach to reveal intricate, invisible and sometimes hilarious stories lurking in the data, information and knowledge surrounding us.

Speaker: David McCandless, data journalist, designer and author

Venue: RSA Great Room Auditorium

Growth Vouchers Programme


Growth Vouchers cover half the cost of getting professional advice. The eligibility has now been widened so don’t miss out. Click here to apply.

  • Growth Vouchers is a government scheme to help businesses like yours get strategic business advice.
  • Businesses can get a grant of up to £2,000 towards the cost of this advice.
  • It will take you only a few minutes to register.

The vouchers can be used for strategic business advice in areas from finance and cash flow to management skills to even making the most of digital technology.