Alumni Success Story

Alex Melia  – Swoosh English


Swoosh English was founded by Alex Melia due to popular demand from Primary School students based in Hong Kong, who wanted to start a different, fun and more exciting approach to learning English. Alex is a CELTA qualified teacher and spent over 3 years working as an English teacher in Hong Kong. He worked at a primary school in Shatin and then started his own Summer teaching programme over 3 consecutive Summers, where he taught over 200 satisfied students. Swoosh English has been experimenting and implementing new strategies to learning English, which more successfully meet the needs of education today. The focus is on embracing technology to meet the needs of the modern learner, coupled with the importance of bringing your children into contact with native English teachers who can help them achieve their goals. After refining our approach, we feel we have got the perfect method, and we are very excited to bring this method to Hong Kong primary school children, just like yours.



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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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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

Young Enterprise Start Up Programme North West 2015

Please find attached an invitation to the Young Enterprise Start Up Programme North West Final 2015, taking place on 25th February 2015 in Manchester.



YE NW Start Up Invitation 25th Feb 2015

This is a fantastic opportunity to attend the flagship event of the Start Up year in the North West to witness the best of our representing Universities and Colleges new business start-ups. It is also a great opportunity to network with a very large number of our education,  corporate and industry partners who will be in attendance, all of which support the project around the North West Region.

Please RSVP to  We very much hope you are able to attend!

The Social Value Summit 2015

The early bird for the Social Value Summit 2015 closes this Friday (19th December).



The Social Value Summit on 3rd February 2015 is an event to share good practice, expert insight, and key learning in relation to all things social value – as well as a chance to debate and tackle some of the key challenges.


Brought to you by Social Enterprise UK & Interserve, and supported by a range of other partners, the Social Value Summit will bring together the key practitioners, experts, influencers and leaders from social enterprise, charity, local and national government, business, housing, healthcare and more.


Reserve your place today


Ticket prices:


  • Member Social Enterprise UK: Early bird rate £100.00.  After 19th December the full rate is £120.00 + VAT
  • Non-Member Social Enterprise & Charity: Early bird rate £120.00.  After 19th December the full rate is £140.00 + VAT
  • Non-Member Public Sector: Early bird rate £145.00.  After 19th December the full rate is £220.00 + VAT
  • Non-Member Private Sector: Early bird rate £195.00.  After 19th December the full rate is £220.00 + VAT


Join Social Enterprise UK today from £75 a year to take advantage of the discounted rate and many other benefits including exclusive member offers on events and services and in-depth policy updates via our member bulletin.


Exhibitor spaces are available. Email for more information.



The 60 Second Pitch Awards – Finalists Announced

So Now Is Your Chance To Vote!

The 60 Second Pitch Awards gave you and your business (or idea) the chance to win up to £1,500 as well as support and advice from Santander.


It is with great pleasure that I can now announce the 10 finalists for the first round of the Santander Universities 60 Second Pitch Awards.  These 10 finalists are:

  1. Recall –  University of Brighton
  2. Treatment Clothing – Cardiff Metropolitan University
  3. Choosic – London Southbank University
  4. Story – University of Brighton
  5. Farmz2U – Queen Mary University
  6. Take Me There – SOAS
  7. Pingster – Ulster University
  8. Industrify – University College London
  9. Mamba – University of Strathclyde
  10. Classic Corporate – London School of Economics

All of the finalists videos are now live and available for you to vote for your favourite via the link below.  Please also feel free to share the link via your own networks as the number of votes received will ultimately determine the winning entries

The voting phase of the competition ends on the 31st January after which the winners will be announced.

It’s time to stop glamorising start-ups

The life of an entrepreneur is often seen as a whirl of glamour – all caffeine-fuelled late nights, glitzy product launches and awards dinners. The reality can be rather different..


It reckons Britain’s 4.9 million small business owners are spending more than 15 hours each week on admin tasks. That’s almost two full working days. Not so glamorous after all, especially when you think that this form-filling costs each small business £1,442 per week in lost productivity. To read more click here


Young Entrepreneurs – already disruptive!

Kids Inc: Meet the youngsters running their own companies

It is not uncommon for shrewd high-tech chief executives in California to keep their cards close to their chest until they are absolutely ready for a product launch. It is called being in “stealth mode”.

Thomas Suarez is typical in that way. He is working on a patent-pending 3D printer which, he says, will work 10 times faster than the MakerBot model he uses at home.

But in most other ways, Thomas is anything but typical. At 15, he is a seasoned businessman… read the full article on the BBC