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Four ways for businesses to recruit a student and graduate

24 Apr 2019
So you’ve decided you want to look at recruiting a student with the mind-set of growing talented long-term employees. However, you’re faced with challenges - how can you reach them? How can you guarantee that they’re the right fit for your…
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STEAMhouse: A coworking space to help you upskill

24 Apr 2019
Ruth Claxton, Associate Director at Eastside Projects and Creative Director at STEAMhouse, explains how STEAMhouse, a coworking and prototyping space in Birmingham, has become a hub of practice and skills development. Having STEAMhouse in…
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Creating employment opportunities for businesses

24 Apr 2019
As the University for Birmingham, our academics and business support teams form impactful partnerships with leading organisations. Victor Haider, Business Engagement Manager, discusses how these collaborations have led to graduate employment.
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Helping create businesses from different backgrounds

23 Apr 2019
BCU researchers are improving business prospects for the world’s most developing demographics, from assessing African and Chinese migrant entrepreneurs in Birmingham to building economic success and growth in Africa.
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How to provide your own business advice with a Doctorate of Business Administration

23 Apr 2019
Sometimes, the best ideas come from within. If your business is facing particular challenges, a Doctorate of Business Administration could arm your employees with the tools needed to overcome them.
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The jobs board making student and graduate recruitment easy

23 Apr 2019
You may find the prospect of hiring employees a daunting and expensive process. However, our free and easy recruitment service and jobs board is here to help. 
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COSMOS Regional Conference talks importance of data!

29 Mar 2019
Birmingham City Council are in the fourth year of the 5-year PURE COSMOS Interreg Europe funded programme. The project set out a framework and a structured methodology which has supported interregional collaboration with other regions both in the…
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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Access graduate talent and academic knowledge for innovation

27 Mar 2019
Struggling to realise innovation in your business? Looking to deliver a new project but don't have the internal capacity to deliver it? A Knowledge Transfer Partnership could help.
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Engaging with talent regardless of your business situation

27 Mar 2019
Whether you’re recruiting, networking or collaborating, engaging with talent is vital to your business, regardless of its size. BCU Advantage takes a look at the different options available to businesses and what’s right for you.
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Alumni! Reconnecting with your university can help you improve your business

26 Mar 2019
You know the story, you go to university, you study, you have fun, you graduate and then you leave and never go back, only recalling your happy memories over a drink with friends. Right? Wrong, some relationships shouldn't be forgotten!
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SMEs: Overcoming the digital skills gap

26 Mar 2019
Did you know research from Accenture suggests the Digital skills gap could cost the UK £141 billion in GDP growth?  We can help your SME better get to grips with digital skills through a range of products and services.
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Boost your business with a Doctorate of Business Administration

26 Mar 2019
This blog is by Martin Eley, Associate Professor in Management Practice and Director of DBA Programmes at Birmingham City University.
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EU Exit business advice from UK Government

22 Mar 2019
Discover the latest advice from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ensure your business is up to date on the latest information and guidance for business on the UK exiting the EU.
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What STEAM really means for innovation

28 Feb 2019
Have you heard about STEAMhouse? It's Birmingham City University's collaborative makerspace, helping start up's and SMEs to plan it, make it, and launch it.  Director of the Institute for Creative Innovation at Birmingham City University, Dr.…
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What skills will your business need and how can you prepare for them?

27 Feb 2019
Technology is changing at a quicker rate than ever before. It's bringing great improvements but with it, a changing demand on our current workforce. The skills market is very likely to be different in the next ten years compared to now. The…
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Bring your growth strategies to life with innovation workshops

27 Feb 2019
Aston University and Birmingham City University are currently delivering a series of workshops aimed at arming our region’s SMEs with the knowledge and skills they need to drive innovation and grow their businesses.
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Driving business innovation with research collaborations

26 Feb 2019
By Heike Schuster James, Senior Development Manager at Birmingham City University
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Rethinking Internships

20 Feb 2019
The way your business works and therefore, the way you recruit future employees is changing. Sara Flack, Careers Programme manager at Birmingham City University (BCU) discusses the changing nature of employment and how universities are…
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4 Innovative Ways to Bag a Top Employee

20 Feb 2019
With Brexit on the horizon, and uncertainty over the future, it's more important than ever for businesses to be confident from day one that their employees can deliver. But do not fear, new innovations in the recruitment space are enabling…
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STEAMhouse: Engineering an idea into a robotic reality

28 Jan 2019
STEAMhouse brings inventors, entrepreneurs and craftspeople together. STEAMhouse is an exciting and growing community, sharing skills and knowledge to develop exciting new ideas and products. We’ve caught up with Jack and Harry to see how…
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Rethinking internships

28 Jan 2019
Rethink graduate internships. The way your business works and therefore, the way you recruit future employees is changing. Sara Flack, Careers Consultant at Birmingham City University (BCU) discusses the changing nature of SME employment and how…
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Innovate for SME Growth with Innovation Workshops

28 Jan 2019
We’ve spoken with Victor Haider, Business Engagement Manager at Birmingham City University to discuss how the University’s Innovation Workshops can help SMEs achieve growth in 2019.
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Get ready for growth in 2019!

18 Dec 2018
With 2019 rapidly approaching, BCU Advantage has prepared five tips to consider over the festive season to ensure your SME is best prepared to achieve growth in the New Year.
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The perfect business growth formulae?

17 Dec 2018
This blog is authored by Dr Mark Gilman, Professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City Business School and Head of the Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth.
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MIND THE SKILLS GAP - An SME's cost and hassle free journey to a highly skilled destination

17 Dec 2018
Skills gaps in your business? Struggling to find the talent you need? Want to remove the cost and the hassle of training and recruitment? Do not worry, we have the solution…
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How to recruit the skills and talent your growing SME needs

7 Dec 2018
Your SME has huge growth potential. You have your strategy confirmed, but may be lacking the skills and talent within your business to deliver it for you. So where do you find the support you need?
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Post-Brexit trade and SMEs

22 Nov 2018
David Hearne, Researcher at Centre For Brexit Studies, Birmingham City University outlines how the trade ramifications of Brexit could affect you as an SME and what you can do to prepare before March 2019.
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Regulatory Services supports the Regional Action Plan

22 Nov 2018
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are set to showcase the very best of Global Britain to the world, promoting the region’s strengths of: being connected and accessible; youth and inclusivity; and a focus on regeneration and rejuvenation. 
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What is the potential impact of Brexit on regional SMEs?

21 Nov 2018
What impact Brexit will have upon regional SMEs remains the “£350 million question”, but how can your business ensure it's prepared for the potential outcomes? Dr Jacob Salder, Research Fellow at Birmingham City University, addresses…
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5G: A testbed for the future

16 Nov 2018
Professor Mohammed Patwary explains how 5G will impact the future and open up new avenues for business large and small. 
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Birmingham – The City of 1000 Trades

25 Sep 2018
This blog is authored by Christopher Hay, Senior Metal Technician, STEAMhouse.
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Magnesium: Its rise and forecasted reign in manufacturing

24 Sep 2018
By Makhan Singh, Business Development Manager for the Institute of Sustainable Futures at Birmingham City University 
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Shaping the future of our region's workforce

21 Aug 2018
Jo Birch, Director of Innovation and Employability of Birmingham City University discusses the importance of getting regional businesses the skills needed for their future workforce.
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How to Find the Right Skills for Your Business

20 Aug 2018
Graduate Talent Consultant, Warren Chughtai discusses the challenges businesses face when looking to introduce new skills into their operations, and how companies are not capitalising on the free resources available to them.
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STEAMhouse launches into action!

20 Jun 2018
As a result of a collaboration between Birmingham City University and Eastside Projects, £3.5m and two years of hard work, STEAMhouse was finally able to officially open its doors on the bright and sunny afternoon of 24th May.
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How Universities can help SMEs to innovate

19 Jun 2018
SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK economy, with the SMEs in the UK’s top cities set to contribute £241 billion to our economy by 2025,and with the ability to make such a significant contribution, it’s important that they are supported to…
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Bridging the Skills Gap in Modern Manufacturing

21 May 2018
Could a skills matching service be part of the solution the engineering and manufacturing industries need to solve the skills gap challenge? 
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Ask the Experts: GDPR Compliance

16 May 2018
In this blog, Birmingham City University marketing and legal academics answer SME’s burning GDPR questions.
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Five simple steps to GDPR compliance

2 May 2018
It’s now just weeks until GDPR comes into force but only a quarter of businesses (Gov.uk) had, until recently, actually started preparing. If you haven’t, don’t worry - the steps in this blog will help get things kicked off.
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STEAMhouse Expert Interview: Embracing Digital for SMEs

1 May 2018
In case you missed it, STEAMhouse is brought to you by Birmingham City University and it’s much more than a makerspace. At STEAMhouse, you’ll find a melting pot of technology, workspace and business support where your ideas meet our…
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Midlands Region Records Strongest Growth in Britain

14 Mar 2017
According to the latest Lloyds Bank regional PMI for February released monday
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Trump’s election, What does it mean for the UK?

9 Nov 2016
In considering today’s momentous event, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America, I am reminded of the phenomenon known as a ‘black swan event’.
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Is Apple’s allure waning

29 Jan 2016
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SMEs: Why recruit a graduate?

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As a growing SME, finding the right talent to expand your team can be one of the most challenging and time-consuming tasks you face. In this blog piece, Jo Howell, Head of Careers and Employability at Birmingham City University draws light on the…
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