Exeter Business School Focuses on SMEs

One of the school’s latest initiatives is designed to build resilience for companies struggling with COVID-19 and Brexit.

FROM NOW THROUGH March 2021, the University of Exeter Business School in the United Kingdom is offering “action learning” sessions for a cohort of up to 11 local business owners. The goal is to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) respond to COVID-19 and Brexit by building their resilience and their ability to adapt to changing conditions.

The sessions are part of the government’s Peer Networks program, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and coordinated by The Local Enterprise Partnership. The University of Exeter Business will be supported by the Exeter Science Park and business incubator SETsquared as it provides tailored one-on-one coaching, mentoring, and advice to the SMEs.

The sessions will be delivered by Ciara Eastell, a professor of practice within the business school, the former CEO of social enterprise Libraries Unlimited, and a business owner; and Sarah Bailey, a senior lecturer in management and leadership who teaches in the school’s MBA program. If the program is successful, the school plans to repeat it with a larger cohort.

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