Liverpool Hope University is committed to supporting our graduates in setting up their own businesses and finding new ways to enhance their life chances. The University is acutely aware of how difficult it is to secure start-up loans in the current economic climate and wants to provide graduates with the advice and support to develop their ideas into successful ventures, as well as signposting them to relevant agencies and bodies.
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Business Start Up Awards
There are currently no Business Start Up Awards available (29/01/2015)
Successful award winners
The Business Gateway offered businesses funding to develop an enterprise support structure and delivering opportunities to Graduates allowing them to set up a business venture of their own. The University offered funding of up to £5,000 to help develop confidence and entrepreneurial skills for businesses to become sustainable and grow. Rachel Elizabeth Wood a Designer, Silversmith and Jeweller found the University funding helped to launch her new business as she goes on to say:
'Receiving the start up fund from the Business Gateway has enabled me to take a big step and set up my own business. I was able to buy essential equipment, stock and exhibit at trade shows. Not only has it helped me financially but the programme offered me huge support which has been equally invaluable. I loved going on the different training days and always came out full of ideas and energy for what I am doing. Without the support I can guaranty I would not have took the plunge and would not be where I am today, I now have galleries stocking my work press coverage and repeat business'.
Rachel goes on to say ' I am proud to say I went to Liverpool Hope University and would like to thank the Business Gateway for their continuing support'.
For more information please contact
Business Gateway Manager
T: 0151 291 3285
Hope Business Gateway hosted a celebration Entrepreneurship Trade Fair on Thursday 3rd April in the Great Hall at the Creative Campus. The event saw students, graduates and staff business start-ups showcasing their companies to external delegates. All were competing for the award of Overall Best Trade Stand. They also used the opportunity to trade, network and establish beneficial links to help them further their business ventures.
We were delighted that Liverpool Vision and Quality Solicitors Jackson & Canter chose to sponsor this event. Over sixty business delegates attended, alongside our Keynote speakers Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet Member for Employment, Enterprise and Skills and Everton in The Community’s Partnerships & Fundraising Manager Tom Woolley.
The nineteen student, staff and graduate businesses included five companies that have been set up as part of the Young Enterprise Programme. This was run by Hope Business Gateway over the current academic year as part of the Level I (Second Year)Business Management Degree programme. They also managed an extra-curricular programme too. Other participating companies included recipients of UnLtd Social Enterprise funding (awarded via a competitive process by the Business Gateway team), as well as new start-up businesses that have been run alongside degree studies and employment, several of them having received seed funding from the University itself.
A business networking lunch, and the opportunity for delegates to meet our entrepreneurs and cast their votes for Best Trade Stand, was followed by a welcome to all delegates by Dr Ian Vandewalle, Keynote talks from Councillor Nick Small and Tom Woolley, presentation of awards from Young Enterprise Tony Hewitt, Michael Sandys and our keynotes, plus a Thank you to all from Carol Buckman, the Business Gateway Manager.
The competition for overall Best Trade Stand was closely-fought and was won by Manna Community Kitchen, run by lecturer Dr. Bryce Evans and his partner Marian Carey (see images below). The Best Young Enterprise Curriculum Investment Proposal went to Business Management student Timothy Gleed, while the Best Young Enterprise Trade Stand was awarded to Young Enterprise Regional Finalists, Refreshers Tours.
Many of the business delegates commented on how impressed they were by the talents of Hope’s entrepreneurs and the high standard of all trade stands. Among numerous links and potential work contracts made on the day, Bear Mojo gained several sales as well as a potential new business proposition.
To find out more about Hope Business Gateway’s enterprise programmes and events, visit our Student Opportunities web page or contact
Business Gateway Manager
T: 0151 291 3285