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SMEs could be a major force to tackle climate change

21 Oct 2019
Professor Javed Hussain from Birmingham City University hosted a groundbreaking conference examining the financing of green innovative SMEs in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
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Combat key environmental concerns at collaborative workshop

21 Oct 2019
Concerned at the level of air quality within Birmingham and the wider region? Looking for your business to reduce its environmental impact? STEAMhouse has partnered with leading fuel cell technology company Adelan to host a collaborative, creative…
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Five ways your business can become more sustainable

21 Oct 2019
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important across the globe, particularly within business environments. Creating a sustainable workplace will not only benefit the planet, but also your business. With three-quarters of SME staff stating…
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Improving your business’ resource efficiency

21 Oct 2019
Do you ever consider how efficient your business is when it comes to resource? Do you assess how sustainable your processes are?  Whether it be human resource or physical materials, building a plan for resource efficiency can not only help…
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How to prepare for digital innovation

25 Sep 2019
With exciting new technologies available to most businesses, the very idea of innovation is only hindered by how fast businesses are adopting it. However, not all companies are sure how to start or how to embed structures and practices in their…
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The benefits of embracing digital skills for your business

24 Sep 2019
The digital skills gap continues to be a concern for UK business, but it’s not all gloominess ahead. By investing in solid recruitment solutions and training for your staff that meets the needs of developing technologies, you and your business…
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Achieve growth with free innovation workshops

20 Sep 2019
Are you looking to achieve growth for your SME, create a winning strategy and adopt a smarter, more successful way of marketing? Birmingham City University (BCU) and Aston University have joined forces to deliver a series of free innovation…
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Three ways to bridge the digital skills gap

20 Sep 2019
Access to skilled workers is one of the most important factors in making your business successful. But in an increasingly data-driven future, accessing employees with the digital skills you need to succeed is going to become more and more…
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Five advantages Brexit could have on your business

23 Aug 2019
SMEs are vital to the British economy, making up more than 99 percent of the private sector. However, the effects of Brexit on SMEs remains unclear. While there are still so many uncertainties surrounding Britain leaving the EU, there are a number…
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What challenges will SMEs face after Brexit?

23 Aug 2019
As Brexit Deadline Day approaches, the possibility of a ‘no deal’ looks increasingly likely. But what are the ramifications of this for SMEs and businesses? David Hearne, researcher at Birmingham City University’s Centre for…
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Why Brexit is the wake-up call your business needs

23 Aug 2019
The prospect of leaving the EU raises a number of questions for local businesses, particularly when it comes to recruiting and managing their workforce. However, it needn’t be all doom and gloom – BCU Advantage outlines the challenges…
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Boost your business with student and graduate support

28 Jul 2019
Want to gain free support from experienced academics and forward-thinking students? Birmingham City University enables its students to work on hands-on projects for a range of businesses, leading to long-term growth and graduate…
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Five signs you're ready to hire new graduate talent

28 Jul 2019
Considering a new hire but worried about taking that first step? We outline some clear signs you’re ready for new team members and share how you can access the best graduate talent.
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Why now is the right time to invest in the skills your business needs…

28 Jul 2019
With uncertainty over Brexit, more and more businesses are cutting back on recruiting new staff or investing in existing members of their team. But now may actually be the perfect time for your business to invest in the skills of its workforce in…
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Revolutionise your business with the latest technology

27 Jun 2019
Finding it difficult to keep up with the latest tech? The Big Data Corridor (BDC) project pairs you with Birmingham City University researchers who can optimise your business using the latest technology.
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Maintaining the tech skills that will enhance your business

27 Jun 2019
With an ever-growing demand for tech skills in the workplace, Brexit and a shrinking talent pool, SMEs are finding it harder to access talent. So what are the challenges currently facing regional SMEs and what help is available for them?
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Meet the STEAMhouse member making 5G a reality

27 Jun 2019
Inventor Aston Walker knows all about rebuilding. When he moved to Birmingham in 2002, he was homeless and had to work his way up from nothing. He then discovered STEAMhouse, where he began expressing himself and creating exciting concepts. Now he…
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Five ways 5G will change your business

27 Jun 2019
Is your business 5G-ready? The network is set to revolutionise the way we interact and use technology, with benefits to multiple sectors. Our leading academics, who have been providing invaluable research to ensure the Birmingham region will…
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How to hire and inspire: using Linkedin to grow your business

29 May 2019
Are you using Linkedin to recruit top talent and engage with local businesses? BCU Advantage takes a look at the key steps to help regional businesses make the most of this business focused social network.
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The three key issues Birmingham businesses and SMEs face

29 May 2019
Victor Haider, Business Engagement Manager at Birmingham City University, tells us of the universal concerns currently troubling regional businesses, start-ups and SMEs, and how the University’s resources can solve them.
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Revolutionise your business and plug skills gaps at Innovation Fest 2019

29 May 2019
Want to engage with forward-thinking students with a range of skills? Ready to take your business to the next level by networking with industry leaders? Birmingham City University’s annual Innovation Fest 2019 offers you the opportunity to…
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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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