Help the Bristol Business School with a research project on wellbeing and space with a collective walk

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As part of a research project titled Thinking urban spaces differently: Articulating and contesting ‘green’ imageries of Bristol as an enterprising city”, Pam Seanor, Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Enterprise, is looking for participants for a collective walk.

The walk will meet at 12.15pm on June 12th at the footbridge over the River Avon nr. Sparke Evans Park.

The idea of a collective walk is that it enables ideas to flow more freely than they might do if sat behind a desk.

Pam is interested to hear about what Bristol means to you and if you see any perceived benefits between “green” spaces and wellbeing. The wander will also discuss feelings of ownership towards areas visited on the walk. She is keen to hear from local residents, people who use green spaces for leisure and those that work in Bristol.

This is the third walk that Pam has hosted as part of the project. In Autumn 2017, she will be hosting a workshop “Exploring Spaces of “Green” Practices”. The workshop will include a short film of the walks and will collaboratively explore the different narratives identified on the walks. Additionally there will be a report shared on how walking and talking with other can help social change. Anyone who took part in the walk will be invited to attend the workshop but it will also be open to anyone who is simply interested in learning more about the project.

The walk is part of a series of events run by the Festival of Nature.

Places are free but most be booked. Email Pam for more information and to register your place:

Team Entrepreneurship students host “Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs” event as part of International Women’s Day

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As part of International Women’s day 2017, the Female Entrepreneurs Team from the BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship programme, chose to host an event that celebrating female entrepreneurs.

Inspired by the theme for International Women’s Day 2017, Be Bold for Change, the students wanted to host an event that that celebrated women’s achievements as well as inspiring other women to become entrepreneurs, leaders and change makers.

The event showcased 8 different female entrepreneurs at various stages of their journeys and the barriers they have overcome. The entrepreneurs were introduced by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Jane Harrington.

The speakers included Katie Alcott, Founder and CEO of Frank Water; Neha Chaudry, Founder of Walk to Beat and Helena Hills, Co-Founder and CEO of True Start Coffee. A full list of all the speakers can be found below with their top tips for other budding entrepreneurs.


The event was held at UWE Bristol’s Future Space and was attended by over 80 people. The event was organised by Alice Lumley, Danielle Seprersaude, Jade Marsella from the Team Entrepreneurship degree and their team coach Ainhoa Esnaloa.

Helena Hills – Co-Founder and CEO of True Start Coffee

“If it’s impossible and you can make it happen. It’s a game changer.”

The multi award-winning TrueStart Performance Coffee is the only coffee in the world designed for sports performance. Helena and her husband Simon came up with the idea during IronMan triathlon training, and officially launched last year to phenomenal public response. A Bristol-based start-up, TrueStart have built and army of incredibly loyal customers.

Marion Gillet – Programme Lead & Product Development Manager for Design Council Spark

Don’t hire on experience, look at diversity and values.”

Marion is a design entrepreneur who runs the UK’s first ever design-led start up accelerator. In this role she draws from her own experience as an entrepreneur herself to provide a supportive experience for start-up founders. Marion studied product and industrial design in Paris and London and she has over 10 years’ experience in setting up unprecedented collaborations between international brands (Longchamp, Clairefontaine) and small design companies (The Heatherwick Studio, Charlene Mullen).

Amy Kington –  CEO of Community of Purpose

Different people show their strengths in different ways.”

Community of Purpose exists to empower people and their communities to overcome big challenges. Community of Purpose uses a range of programmes to increase sports participation, raise educational attainment, reduce health inequalities and support socially excluded groups access services so they can realise their potential.

Tess O’Shea – Founder of Euony Vintage/ Seatox

Choose something close to your heart….and go out and network.”

Tess O’Shea is at the start-up stage in her journey and is a graduate from UWE, who started the enterprise internship last summer with a passion for pre-loved clothing. She was unhappy with the mass production of fast fashion and the vast CO2 emissions of the clothing industry. She started selling on Depop and then progressed into the pop-up shop space at UWE. She is currently embarking on a new venture, Seatox, which is an edible and cosmetic seaweed business.

Neha Chaudry – Founder of Walk to Beat

You have this fragile idea that you want to make real, you have to belief in yourself and be really confident about it before you go out and get other people convinced about it.”

Neha is a UWE alumni and  founder of the start-up called Walk to Beat, partly based at the Bristol Robotics Lab. The first product developed by Walk to Beat is a walking stick designed for Parkinson’s patients to help them improve their walking problems. Walk to Beat is further set to design stream of assisted living products to empower the ageing population. Recently she has been awarded UWE 2017 Social Entrepreneur of the year award.

Katie Alcott – Founder and CEO of Frank Water

If you’ve got a product, [going to festivals and telling people what your doing] it’s the best way of getting feedback and making sure you’re doing the right thing and that you’ve got the right messaging.”

In 2005 Katie came up with the concept of FRANK Water through which she could raise awareness of world water issues – saving lives by supporting safe water and sanitation programmes and being pragmatic by initially raising funds through the sale of bottled water in the UK. FRANK Water Projects, which has funded over 300 sustainable, community-run safe water and sanitation programmes across rural India. Dedicated to supporting those most in need; the marginalised, tribal and hard to reach communities, research and development of technology and approach are key to the organisations future.

Liz Davidson – Co-founder of Esoterix Systems

“Communication is everything; learning to communicate and understanding where communications breaks down is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned.”

Esoterix Systems is running the Mobility on Demand Laboratory Environment (MODLE), an Innovate UK sponsored project, in North and West Bristol. The project is exploring new services, mode integration and business models to offer flexible transport options which meet users’ complex transport needs.

Lorryne Heyns – Founder of The Little Lollipop Shop

My biggest learning point is letting go; that your business isn’t always based in your hands, you can get it to a certain point but then you have to get other people involved.”

Lorynne is a UWE alumni and Founder of The Little Lollipop Sho. She crafts beautifully styled lollipop favours with stunning details such as lace, sparkling glitter and fresh edible flowers for weddings, birthdays and magazine editorials. All of her food products are made with the highest quality ingredients and are all natural where possible. Lorryne corporate clients include Channel, Estee Lauder, Loreal

The Faculty of Business and Law launch new Research Centres and Groups

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A ‘soft launch’ of the new research centres and groups was held on 25th January 2017 at the Executive Conference Centre.  The groundbreaking research undertaken at UWE Bristol aims to make its mark on business, industry and the wider community.

There are three new research centres and five research groups:

  • CALR- Centre for Applied Legal Research
  • BCEF – Bristol Centre for Economics and Finance
  • BLCC – Bristol Leadership and Change Centre

The groups are:

  • IOMS – Innovation, Operations Management and Supply
  • HRM – Human Resource Management
  • AMG – Applied Marketing Group
  • EE – Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • BBEC – Bristol Business Engagement Centre

Donna Whitehead Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean in her introductory remarks stated:

I’m really excited about the future of our research. What we are launching today represents our ambitious and creative values. We have created new research centres and groups that really reflect our strengths; where we have significant resource, capacity, capability and ambition’

 Presentations were given on each of the research centres and the research groups, outlining the aims of each centre or group.

All the presentations stressed the applied nature of their research and links with their stakeholders.

The soft launch was held prior to Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, Chairman of Cobra Beer’s Bristol Distinguish Address.

In his concluding remarks Lord Bilimoria congratulated the centres and groups and focused on the benefits of collaborative research that impacts on both policy change and decision -making. Lord Bilimoria outlined the benefits of collaborative research and the resultant opportunities.

Over 120 staff and external stakeholders attended the soft launch.

The Bristol Business School Alumni networking drinks and panel discussion on the entrepreneurial mindset

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Back in December, the Bristol Business School hosted an alumni networking event at the Arnolfini which included a panel discussion that focused on the entrepreneurial mindset.

The panel was made of two alumni and was chaired by Carol Jarvis, Associate Professor in Knowledge Exchange. The first panel member was Tim Hughes, an MBA alumnus who is now a success coach. Tim was joined by Steven Curtis, who is an alumnus from the Team Entrepreneur degree and has successfully launched his own business restoring old BMWs.

The panel were asked to share their experiences and what the entrepreneurial mindset meant to them before the guests asked the panel questions.

After the panel discussion, the alumni guests were given the opportunity to network over refreshments.

The photos of the event can be found here.

“Life after UWE – different jobs and options” Panel event – Weds 25 January

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The Faculty of Business and Law are hosting a panel event on Wednesday 25 January to highlight some different career paths you can take after studying a degree at UWE. The panel includes three alumni from UWE Bristol.

The speakers are:

  • Jonathan Grant, Head of Legal for Markets, Banking and Notes at the Bank of England;
  • Steve Rowan, Director of the Tribunals, Trade Marks and Designs Division of the UK Intellectual Property Office;
  • James Poole, Team Manager of Company Secretarial Services at Capita Asset Services; and
  • Bryannie  Gibson, Senior Associate at PwC.

Each of the speakers will talk for around 10 minutes on their career path, from degree to their current job. They will explain their current role as well as sharing tips for soon to be graduates.

The presentations will be followed by questions and informal networking over refreshments.

The event is open to any Business School and Law School students.

The event starts at 1pm in 4B031, Frenchay Campus.

If you would like to attend this event please register via InfoHub.


UWE Women Researchers Mentoring Scheme: Applications open for mentors and mentees until 13 January 2017

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The Women Researchers Mentoring Scheme (WRMS) aims to promote and facilitate professional development for women researchers working at UWE Bristol, helping them reach senior research roles.

Applications to the scheme are now open and will close on Friday 13 January 2017.

This mentoring scheme provides support to female staff to develop and strengthen their research portfolio, thereby making them more able to compete for senior research roles alongside their male counterparts. It also aims to address the imbalance of male and female staff in senior roles. In the longer term, it is anticipated that such a scheme will help to achieve the strategic aim of increasing the number of women in senior research roles across the University.

The scheme offers a specified number of mentoring opportunities which aim to provide mentees with encouragement, support and advice from a more experienced colleague, and to help them realise potential and fulfil their research career aspirations. The scheme will entail a nominated woman researcher being matched to a mentor, who can be a woman or man.

The scheme is available for all women in academic and research roles, employed by UWE Bristol who wish to develop their research careers. Professors, Associate Professors and other experienced researchers are invited to take on mentoring roles.

PhD students, staff seconded from other institutions, staff in receipt of the current Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award and new members of staff who are being mentored as part of their probation period are not eligible to apply as mentees.

Applications are now open for both mentors and mentees. It is important that we gain as much information as possible on each applicant and their reasons for applying to the scheme in order to enable us to make the most suitable mentor/mentee pairing. The WRMS team will strive to match everybody that applies, so we welcome as much details as possible on the application form.

More information and the application form for mentors and mentees can be found here.

BME networking event for Business and Law students

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Photos from the BME networking event

The Bristol Business School and the Bristol Law School celebrated Black History Month 2016 with a fantastic professional networking evening for BME students on 17th November 2016.  Over 50 Law and Business BME professionals and entrepreneurs from across Bristol joined us in order to share their career insights and advise our students.

Organisations in attendance included Elite Solicitors Ltd, Gregg Latchams, Albion Chambers, Bristol Pound CIC, GE Oil & Gas as well as the Black Police Association. Many professionals in attendance were UWE Alumni who were delighted to return to Frenchay and meet the next generation.

Guests and students were treated to a delicious and authentic Caribbean feast provided by the award-winning team at Biblos, managed and owned by UWE Alumni and entrepreneur Will Clarke, also in attendance.

The evening included networking activities and talks from finance experts and motivational coaches as well as inspirational UWE Bristol Alumni. Rodney Wilson (UWE Law) Managing Director of Elite Solicitors shared his career journey with a captive audience. Elite Solicitors opened in the heart of Bristol in 1991, it has since become the leading BME-predominant criminal defence and immigration firm in the South West.

Solicitor-Advocate Melissa Toney (UWE LPC) spoke of breaking several glass ceilings as a successful young black woman, and of her appearances before the Royal Courts of Justice. She championed our female students to set their sights high and go for it!

Rahat Ahmed (UWE Economics) founder of KnowYourPower delivered an inspiring and uplifting account of how he overcame personal struggles to graduate with First Class honours and establish a successful career in finance. Rahat spoke of success, determination and the pursuit of happiness.

The event, the first of its kind at UWE Bristol, was a huge success and energised over 100 students in attendance.

Photos from the evening can be found here.

Our thanks to all alumni who attended the event, which was organised by Dr Zainab Khan (FBL).

A date for your 2017 diaries: 9th February 2017 6pm

Tunde Okewale MBE, the founder of the charity Urban Lawyers and recipient of numerous diversity awards, will be delivering Bristol Law School’s Annual Lecture, ‘No one Rises to Low Expectations.’  Registration for this event will be available online soon.

Business skills for a vibrant economy – are you equipped for the post-Brexit world?

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Expert Panel Discussion and Q&A with Hilary Lindsay, National President ICAEW

Friday 25th November, 12:00 – 14:00 , 2S704 Frenchay Campus

The Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol invite you to a lunchtime panel  discussion and Q&A with Hilary Lindsay, National President of the ICAEW, and a panel of expert business leaders and researchers, followed by a light buffet lunch.

Please register your attendance at his free event here.

The discussion will  address some key challenges for business in the future as the national and global economy changes, focussing on the skills businesses require to take advantage of opportunities and be at the forefront of change.

The Panel will aim to provide some insight into how today’s young professionals and business leaders can be best equipped to excel in this environment. What will businesses demand from their teams? Where are the skills shortages, what are the opportunities and what will future career paths  to look like?

The Panel includes representatives from regional and international companies, the ICAEW and UWE research. It offers expertise across a broad spectrum, including  financial market structures and the challenges of globalised markets outside the EU, customer service and the effective use and management of digital media and communications,  regional business development opportunities, new enterprise growth and the role of the professions in supporting and driving the new economy.

Panel members:

Hilary Lindsay – President, ICAEW

Rick Sturge – Head of Business Development, Firstsource

Tim Lincoln – Practice Leader, Grant Thornton’s

Jon Tucker – Professor, UWE Bristol

Damian Whittard – Researcher in Regional Economics, UWE Bristol

Please register your attendance at his free event here.

UWE Bristol re-launches the International Talent Scheme

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In response to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s report on ‘Supporting and Enhancing the Experience of International Students in the UK’ which highlighted the need for universities to engage with employers, promoting the international student body as a talent pool of cultural knowledge, language skills, and international contacts, UWE Bristol has formed the International Talent Scheme.

The scheme enables international students to access UK businesses and work placement activities whilst completing their academic studies. In turn, these students provide UK organisations with valuable international perspective with a view to trading overseas.  Employers are able to access a wide portfolio of export services such as translation and interpreting, researching and identifying new markets, liaising with key suppliers, customers and clients in specific markets, and providing cultural insight.

Dr Nick Wilton, Academic Director for External Engagement in the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol, asserts that student insights are enhanced by the school’s curriculum design that develops critical graduate attributes, including global citizenship and cross-cultural awareness.

International Talent works closely with regional SMEs and International Business Councils to promote engagement opportunities and project activity.

A case study from Phineas Products Ltd showcases the exciting scope and versatility of the International Talent programme:  “Liliana took the role of launching our company into the Spanish and South American markets. With the aid of a UKTI OMIS market report she was quickly able to identify the key players in our target market and start communicating with the decision makers. Her native Spanish language was invaluable in building relationships with key buyers in PLC corporations and understanding the market in depth”.

To learn more about International Talent projects and events, please contact Jessica Tomico at


Festival of Leadership Speaker Profile: “When it comes to leadership, self-knowledge is vital” – Riverford boss Guy Watson

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In the run up to the Festival of Leadership this month, we will be sharing profiles from the speakers taking part in the event. First up Guy Watson, boss of Riverford.

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Guy Watson

Self-made millionaire entrepreneur Guy Watson has described himself as a ‘veg nerd’ whose desire to provide affordable organic produce for everyone – not just the elite – led him to set up vegbox company Riverford. Based in Cornwall, he still surfs (“I feel better when I come out of the water than when I go in”) and writes a regular blog on the world of fruit and vegetables. Before giving a talk at the Festival of Leadership, Guy whets our appetite with some of his thoughts on leadership.    

“I was at least 40 before I realised nobody was like me. I am almost addicted to risk but it took me that long to understand that most people are fundamentally risk-averse. It was not until I reached this age that I also realised how diverse we all are and a big lesson for me as a leader was understanding other people’s responses to situations.

As I approached 50, I learned that people perform best when they feel good about themselves. I therefore believe that as a leader we need to highlight this in others. This knowledge led me to change my management style: now when someone has done something well, I make a point of acknowledging it, often in front of their colleagues.

There are many different leadership styles and you can lead people in good and bad ways, but I think to be a powerful but responsible leader, self-knowledge is incredibly important. You need to deeply understand what your motivations are and if you don’t, there is a risk your management style could become dictatorial. More tangibly, knowing what you are good and bad at and having people around you who will question you is crucial. My family have certainly kept a watchful and critical eye on me and although this can be close to the bone, such feedback is very useful. One of the first to provide feedback was my book keeper who said she thought something I was doing was wrong. I was annoyed at first, but in the end I realised the value of her comments.

My approach with business is to start with something I want to do, especially if it excites me and can generate genuine value. Then I start gathering evidence to support the view I have already taken. As a leader, knowing when to trust your gut feeling is really important. This comes down to accepting that a lot of our decisions are emotional but that afterwards it is important to question our decisions with a more logical process.

I think I have a lot more self-doubt than other managers. Sometimes when I hear leaders on the radio, I feel like they are bordering on the insane as they seem to have such a strong will to prove themselves.

We are in an uncertain world where technology is everywhere but I am a bit head-in-the-sand. As a result, I don’t keep up with technology like social media as much as I should. It can be exhausting, but we must remember that we are all still human beings underneath.”

Guy Watson will be part of an interactive discussion on ‘responsible leadership’ at the Festival of Leadership on the evening of 17th November in the Mshed.