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Head of Student and Graduate Business Start-Up with the Enterprise Team, managing operational activity of the team in its home, the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre.
I joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2011 as a Start-Up Business Advisor within the Enterprise Team. My role involves providing 1:1 business advice to current students and graduates of up to 5 years, writing and delivering events for the Enterprise Events Series, delivering curriculum based sessions alongside Academic staff and supporting the students who elect to take an Enterprise Placement Year instead of a traditional Placement Year.
From 2009 to 2011 I was employed by Business Link Yorkshire as an Online Business Advisor and then an Enterprise Facilitator, delivering their series of pre-start Business events within the West Yorkshire area and providing 1:1 advice and business coaching.
From 2008 to 2009 I worked as an Employment Advisor supporting clients on health related benefits to consider return to work options, specialising in self-employment.
From 1993 to 2007 I worked as a self-employed Classsical Musician in three distinct fields
Having worked as one of the lead advisors on our Partnership with UnLtd in their ‘Leading the Change’ Programme, I have subsequently co-founded (with Catherine McGrath – Business Advisor) a new business to provide sustainable support for early stage Social Entrepreneurs within the University of Huddersfield. CASE (www.hud.ac.uk/socialenterprise) is now actively trading externally and prodiving pro bono Social Enterprise support for our own students and graduates as part of the social return. In January 2014 I commenced an Enterprise Doctorate (EntD) to research the most appropriate model to underpin this new business and CASE is currently working locally, nationally and internationally..
Smith, K. and Clegg, P. (2017) ‘Experiencing Business Start-Up Through an Enterprise Placement Year’. In: Entrepreneurship Education: New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Education. London, UK: Emerald. pp. 307-334. ISBN 978-1787142817
Social Enterprise – specifically Business Support Interventions