International Women’s Day 2018 at the Bristol Business School

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On Thursday 8 March, Bristol Business School hosted several events and workshops to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The day was collaboratively organised by the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education (ACE); the Bristol Business School and the Bristol Law School.

Guests were welcomed by Hazel Edwards Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) who set the scene for International Women’s Day and shared her own personal experiences with attendees.

The first session was run by Professor Carol Jarvis, with several students from Team Entrepreneurship, and focused on inspirational women.

Guests were asked to work in groups and share their inspirational women and then describe them using just one word.

Next there was a panel discussion entitled ‘Barriers to and opportunities for enabling more successful women in business’. The lively discussion was chaired by Professor Jane Roscoe, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, ACE and panellists included:

  • Kalpna Woolf – Award winning ex BBC Head. Author -Spice Yourself Slim
  • Sado Jirde – Director of Black South West Network (BSWN)
  • Vashti Seth – Success Redefined Coach
  • Professor Sue Durbin – Professor in Human Resource Management

Over lunch, stalls were set up in the Business School atrium which were run by female entrepreneurs. Guests were served food from Bini Fine Foods and were serenaded by our International Women’s Day choir.

There was also a raffle which raised over £200 for Bristol charity one25, who reach out to women trapped in, or vulnerable to, street sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction.

In the afternoon there was a screening of “Barefoot in Business”, a film created by BAFTA award winning film maker Carol Cooke about female entrepreneurs in Uganda.

Also running throughout the afternoon were several workshops and drop in sessions including speed mentoring; an Athena SWAN workshop and a CV surgery.

The whole day was compered wonderfully by Lynn Barlow Assistant Vice Chancellor, ACE.

Thank you to all who were involved and helped make International Women’s Day at the Bristol Business School such a success.

International Women’s Day at UWE Bristol

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Come help us celebrate the entrepreneurial, political, social and cultural achievements of women, and their acts of courage and determination in the pursuit of gender parity in their workplaces, communities and countries.

To mark the day, we have planned a series of events and workshops at UWE which are all free to attend and open to all.

Alongside the events there will be stalls set up through the Atrium showcasing the amazing work that women in our region produce.

There will be a charity raffle with prizes including a Spa day from The Gainsborough Bath Spa, two tickets to the Affordable Art Fair in London, a coaching session from Sequoia Bridge as well as many more. All proceeds from the raffle will go to Bristol charity one25 who reach out to women trapped in, or vulnerable to, street sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. Further information can be found here!

There will be a free lunch provided by Bini Fine Foods for all attendees.

In order to register for this event, please email: 


Arrival & Refreshments

10.00 – 10.15



10.15 – 10.45

Female entrepreneurs: Inspirational case studies 6X269

11.00 – 12.00

Panel discussion: ‘Barriers to and opportunities for enabling more successful women in business’

·         Professor Jane Roscoe (Chair) – Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, ACE

·         Kalpna Woolf – Award winning ex BBC Head. Author -Spice Yourself Slim

·         Sado Jirde – Director of Black South West Network (BSWN)

·         Vashti Seth – Success Redefined Coach

·         Professor Sue Durbin – Professor in Human Resource Management


International Women’s Day Choir

Stalls ran by female entrepreneurs

Raffle announcement

Drop in sessions

Available between 12.00-14.00

Screening of Barefoot in Business

This is a film created by BAFTA award winning film maker Carol Cooke about female entrepreneurs in Uganda.


13.15- 14:15

CV Surgery

Careers Space X Block


Speed Mentoring

Speed mentoring (with a focus on enterprise)

TE Space



Athena SWAN Workshop

The Role of Athena SWAN in engaging gender equality in UK university settings: Accreditation or lever of change?’


14.20-15.15 Creating and Telling your Leadership Story


15.20-15.50 Difficult Conversations

‘Based on one of UWEs Learning and Development Centre courses, this will workshop will leave you with some tips on how to better handle difficult conversations.’





UWE Teampreneurs take part in Team 4 Learning event in Finland

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At the end of January, 25 of our Teampreneurs (Team Entrepreneur Students) and 2 team coaches visited Jyväskylä, Finland to take part in a Team 4 Learning event. Teamprenuers from all Levels took part in the visit.

Team 4 Learning is a networking event for all the Teampreneurs and coaches from all over the world.

This year the event was in Jyväskylä, Finland, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Team Academy Finland.

Additionally Tiimiakatemia a coaching method used to teach Teampreneurs, was celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Launched in Finland 25 years ago, Tiimiakatemia has become a global network of more than 5000 Teampreneurs and 1300 team coaches in more than 20 countries.

The 25th anniversary provided a great opportunity for the Teampreneur community to come together to share ideas.

Our Teampreneurs had the opportunity to meet Tiimiakatemia founder, Johannes Partanen. They learnt about the history of the most influential Team Academies across the world including Tiimiakatemia, Proakatemia and Mondragon Team Academy (MTA).

They also heard from Peter Senge from MIT, who discussed the future of education.

The seminar was attended by over 200 Teampreneurs from across the globe.

Our students also participated in several workshops during their stay. This gave them the opportunity to work with other Teampreneurs and share ideas.

The whole experience was valuable for our Teampreneurs as it gave them the opportunity to share their ideas with other Teamprenuers from across the globe.

Our UWE Teampreneurs will share what they learnt with their team companies in the monthly “Where are you at?”event. There will also be a creative conversation around the event organised for the Teampreneur community at UWE.

Our UWE Teampreneurs hope to create a cross-level “international team” that promotes networking among the different Team Academies.

The Teampreneurs will be attending the MTA anniversary in Bilbao, Spain in May.

Lloyds Banks host Digital Know How event with Google at the Bristol Business School

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On Wednesday 31 January, the Bristol Business School hosted a Digital Know How event in collaboration with Lloyds Bank and Google.

Open to small businesses and start ups from the Bristol area, the half day event provided attendees with essential digital skills. Several of our Team Entrepreneurship students also attended the event.

Patrick Cutliffe delivered the training on behalf of Google. He shared tips on Google Analytics and provided the guests with an insight into social media strategy.

Guests also learnt how to make their website shine and how to stay safe online.

Institute of Directors’ prize awarded to Bristol Business School student for second successive year

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A student who launched an innovative healthy meals delivery service while studying at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has won a prestigious national Institute of Directors (IoD) award.

Alex Gatehouse, founder of start-up company Pelico, was named Student Director of the Year at an annual awards ceremony in London celebrating directors at the forefront of leadership excellence.

His success follows that of fellow former UWE Bristol student Jamie Rawsthorne, founder of higher education analytics business Unique Insights, who won the prize in 2016. Both graduated from the pioneering Team Entrepreneurship degree programme, where undergraduates are encouraged to set up and develop their own businesses as part of their studies.

Pelico, whose co-directors are current Team Entrepreneurship students, offers its customers nutritious, chef-made meals delivered within 30 minutes for under £6. The company’s aim is to make it as easy as possible for busy professionals to eat well. Alex has steered the company’s growth and development over the past three years, helping create a successful food technology venture.

The Student Director of the Year award recognises students who have implemented brilliant and innovative projects that have created real tangible value for their audience.

Adrian Rivers, Programme Lead for the Team Entrepreneurship programme, said: “These awards are major achievements and provide added evidence of the ability of the students on our programme. Well done Alex!

“Jamie was a member of the first cohort of students to join the programme in 2013 and Alex was in the second cohort. Both graduated with good degrees. Alex’s 1st Class Honours degree classification was boosted by an outstanding dissertation in his final year, based around the future development of Pelico as a business.”

Nick Sturge, regional chair of Institute of Directors South West, said: “Our student membership has been incredibly successful and we’re delighted to have brought the award back to the South West and to UWE Bristol for a second year. The feedback we get is that the membership really helps entrepreneurial students make valuable connections, gives them access to mentoring and ensures they develop not only a portfolio of practical business tools but also an understanding of the role of effective directors in a business that will stay with them for the rest of their career.”

The BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship course is one of only a handful of its type in the UK dedicated to giving undergraduates the practical experience to launch and run their own ventures.

An alternative to a traditional degree, students work to a tailored programme to equip themselves with entrepreneurial and teamwork skills ready to start businesses or become effective team players within dynamic and changing organisations. The course was inspired by successful methods pioneered in Finland and tested in Spain and Hungary. The programme’s undergraduates – known as Team Entrepreneurs – develop skills in everything from event and budget management to marketing, PR and graphic design.

The course is based in UWE Bristol’s new state-of-the-art £55 million Faculty of Business and Law building and is part of Bristol Business School, recently shortlisted in the Business School of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2017.

Team Entrepreneurship student wins TARGETjobs undergraduate student of the year award

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Oliver Haddon, a third year student studying Team Entrepreneurship at Bristol Business School, has won The Future Leader in Business Undergraduate of the Year award in the Annual TARGETjobs competition.

12 prestigious awards were up for grabs, including Future CFO, Future Business Leader and the One to Watch, alongside more industry-focused categories such as Computer Science, Engineering and Management.

Applications were submitted by 3,441 undergraduate from universities across the country for one of the 12 awards and 1,050 made it through the assessment process. This consisted of three stages, including an application and questionnaire; an online assessment with situational, numerical and inductive reasoning tests; and finally, an in-person assessment with the respective award sponsor.

Oliver was presented with his award by writer and television presenter Konnie Huq and by Phillipa Jackson, Mars Petcare Head of People and Organisation. Mars were the award sponsors.

Oliver said,

“I would definitely recommend applying for the awards, I’ve enjoyed every part of it and it’s really stretched and pushed me. I am about to finish Business (Team Entrepreneurship) which has been fundamental to my success in this award. The course teaches you key business skills but also how to apply them in the real world. The course allows you to really work on things you are passionate about and focus on your own personal development. I have been able to complete an internship alongside my degree to aid my learning and co-founded a marketing company with two other students on the course.

“I owe a lot to my business coach, Akin Ojolo, the staff involved in the course and the University itself Throughout my three years I have always felt supported by UWE and that they really are there to help you get through your degree. They also provide countless extra-curricular activities and awards that are valued by employers. I was lucky enough to be involved in the UWE apprentice challenge sponsored by Samsung and my group came away with a mentor and the tech to start our company.

“If you want to be proactive in starting a business, or get real experience to set a platform for your career, then this course is very effective. I have managed to secure a job with Mars after winning this award, however when the time is right I know that I will run my own organisation. The course doesn’t limit you from seeking employment after university and all employers I have networked with have shown great interest in what we do on the course, I just don’t feel quite ready to take that leap yet, but when the opportunity arises I will follow my passion of entrepreneurship.”

Each award was sponsored by a prominent graduate recruiter — ACCA, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, E.ON, FDM, First Names Group, Gazprom, Laing O’Rourke, L’Oréal and Rolls-Royce — all offering fantastic prizes for the winners, including paid internships, trips abroad and meetings with senior executives.

Now in its eighth year, the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year awards continues to recognise and celebrate the best student talent in the UK.

A full list of the winners, along with more information about them, can be found at

More about the Team Entrepreneurship degree can be found here.

Team Entrepreneurs Respond to Anchor Society Challenge

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As part of their degree studies, our Team Entrepreneur students were set the challenge to develop proposals for extensions to Anchor Society’s services to the elderly.

The Anchor Society aims to support isolated and lonely elderly in Bristol and the surrounding area with financial and housing support as well as visiting and befriending them.

The students were set the challenge by CEO of the Anchor Society Richard Pendlebury MBE DL, with help from Behind the Scenes, who specialise in the production of live experiences. Richard presented the brief to the students during a day-long workshop on social entrepreneurship.

The event was hosted by Burges Salmon who provided full conference facilities in their Bristol head-office whilst the challenge was being set.

The Team Entrepreneur students had under two weeks to work on the project and come up with proposals for Anchor Society which were presented back to a panel consisting of Richard; Laura Barrell, Behind the Scenes and Vicki Underhill, Burges Salmon.

Richard commented “The students put on excellent presentations and there were some really good ideas out there. They were certainly a credit to the university”

Vicki added “I was blown away by the professionalism of the presentations for the client. In the short time allocated, the students really grabbed the challenge and spotted the opportunities”. 

Team Entrepreneur is a ground-breaking, innovative and entrepreneurial degree which gives students the opportunity to set-up and run their own team company; to ‘learn by doing’ whilst gaining a broad-based business degree. More information can be found on the degree here.

First students on course which has become hotbed for start-ups poised to graduate

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The first group of students to embark on a pioneering degree course which has produced a flurry of new ventures and start-up companies are preparing to graduate.

Next week, the first cohort of students to join the Team Entrepreneurshipprogramme at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) three years ago will pick up their degrees at a ceremony at the city’s cathedral.

The course is one of only a handful of its type in the UK dedicated to giving undergraduates the practical experience to launch and run their own ventures.

An alternative to a traditional degree, students on the course work to a tailored programme to equip themselves with entrepreneurial and teamwork skills ready to launch their own businesses or become effective team players within dynamic and changing organisations. On graduating, many of the 35 third year students will go on to run their companies on a full-time basis.

Among the fledgling firms launched by Team Entrepreneurship students are:

· Crowdreach – An agency which helps entrepreneurs raise capital through crowdfunding. Formed by undergraduates Rob Wilson, Bradley Green and Will Dooley, the business has raised more than £135,000 for a variety of innovative products since it was established 18 months ago.

· Pelico – A healthy food delivery service developing meals using locally-sourced and organic ingredients, transporting them to time-strapped office workers by electric vehicle. The company – started by Leyth Hampshire and Alex Gatehouse – has been accepted onto the Seed Fund accelerator programme for promising food industry start-ups.

· Unique Insights – Uses sophisticated analytical software to help universities reduce their undergraduate drop-out rates. Two universities have agreed to use the system and another five have expressed an interest in the approach, devised by Jamie Rawsthorne and George Sanderson.

· Classic Bahnstormers – A business buying and restoring classic BMWs. Steve Curtis, the company’s founder, plans to open a dealership having secured premises in Gloucestershire.

Up to 60 students a year are now joining the ground-breaking BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship course which was inspired by successful methods pioneered in Finland and tested in Spain and Hungary. The programme’s undergraduates – known as Team Entrepreneurs – develop skills in everything from event and budget management to marketing, PR and graphic design.

Adrian Rivers, Lead for the BA in Team Entrepreneurship programme, hailed the course a major success.

He said: “Those that join the course come here because our Team Entrepreneurship is a radical programme suited to those that want to develop and practice entrepreneurial skills.

“Students put into practice the topics that they would learn about on a traditional business degree and their learning is embedded as they reflect on their experience with the support of a Team Coach and other University academics. When students are learning about marketing, they are actually doing it and when they are learning about finance, they are actually doing it.”

Mr Rivers said the students, known as Team Entrepreneurs, are actively involved in the running of the course which is structured to feed undergraduates’ creativity and strengthen their self-reliance.

He said: “The Coaches and other staff on the programme give huge amounts of support to the students, but we don’t spoon feed them. They have to spot the opportunities and make the best of the programme. That’s what entrepreneurs do – make the best of the opportunities around them.

“Rather than waiting in the classroom to be told what to learn, the students have to practise being self-reliant in order to be successful.

“What everyone says is the students on this course have a degree of maturity, self-reliance and confidence which is above what you would expect.”

Following the success of the degree programme, a master’s course in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship will be launched at UWE Bristol from September which will use the same methods as the undergraduate programme. Both courses will be based in the new £50 million Faculty of Business and Law building on Frenchay campus from December.

Of the new course, Mr Rivers said: “It will be a one-year programme based on the Team Entrepreneurship principles. It is ideally suited to people who might have a business idea they want to develop or who might be looking to develop ideas in the future.”

Former music teacher Steve Curtis, 31, founder of car restoration start-up Classic Bahnstormers, is among the students preparing to graduate from the course on Monday (July 18).

He said: “I had always bought and sold cars as a hobby, making a few hundred pounds here and there, but I wanted to make it scalable. This course has shown me just that – how to build a brand, develop a reputation and have people coveting your work. Throughout the course the support we have received from our Team Coaches has been staggering.”

Andy Francksen, founder of Target Student, which connects SMEs in Bristol with the local student market through a range of cost-effective promotional services, said: “The biggest thing that I have learnt on the course is the ability to work in teams. I have also grown in confidence and can now speak to anyone in any situation. If you go through this course your mindset will change for life.”

Those sentiments were echoed by fellow student Jasmine Sommers, who said: “I have found this course amazing. It suits my needs as I have been able to be flexible with my learning within a supportive environment. I am a much better team player now, a better listener and much more employable.”

Toby Bartholomew, who established innovation consultancy services company Creative Monkey Solutions while on the course, said: “I can genuinely say that I am proud to have been on this course. I am proud of the person I have become and I am proud of the team that is around me. I would not change the process I have been through.”