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Business Links - SME NetworkingEvent

Business Links SME Networking
17:30 - 19:30, 28 September 2017
University of Southampton Science Park - 2 Venture Road, Chilworth, Southampton SO16 7NP
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The Careers and Employability Service hosts an annual event ‘Business Links – SME Networking’ which is held at the University’s state-of-the-art Science Park, Chilworth. Last year the event brought together 58 delegates from an extensive network of key decision makers, social entrepreneurs and leaders from small and medium-size enterprises. ‘RIGHT PEOPLE; RIGHT PLACE; RIGHT TIME!’ event provides an opportunity to connect with University staff and other local businesses whilst giving insight into potential development and collaboration. Last year, presenters covered: LEP investments and economic priorities, Best environment for growing business, Local development and enterprise, Funding opportunities, skills agenda and University collaboration opportunities. If you would like to attend and hear from guest speakers: Paul Bennett, Director of Executive Education University of Southampton; Geoff Glover, Chair HR Forum Business South and Matthew Fancourt, Chief Content Officer, KOIOS Master Data Limited. Email: for the Eventbrite password

It was great to see such an excellent turnout for the SME Networking Event, and I very much appreciated the opportunity to speak on the University’s success with the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships scheme. The event demonstrates that there is clearly a high demand from local business partners for University expertise, knowledge, graduates and skills, and I look forward to supporting new partnerships through a variety of modes of knowledge transfer and collaboration.

Phil Jewell - Knowledge Transfer and Funding Officer, University of Southampton

The SME Networking event was very useful in highlighting the opportunities for SME’s. Services such as those offered by the University of Southampton are really important for SME businesses who typically do not have the HR infrastructures of large corporate businesses. Whether it be through work experience or knowledge transfer programmes I would commend any SME to consider working with the service to help them find the right skills and research relationships to improve their growth prospects and competitiveness.

Chris Allington - Managing Director, Oxford Innovation and Solent LEP Director

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