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Centre for SME Development

Centre for SME Development

Centre for SME Development – Free Membership

The Centre for SME Development is business led. We respond to the needs of the SME community to stimulate enterprise, innovation and business growth. We want to work together with you for a more productive and innovative SME Sector in Lancashire.  Joining the Centre for SME Development is simple. Please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Membership Offer (free to join)

Quarterly Business Breakfast and Twilight Networking Events

  • Expand your knowledge  - expert speakers from Industry
  • How UCLan can help - an update on the business support available
  • Make new connections - Network with the membership community
  • Share and learn best practice - round table discussion on ‘hot’ topics

Host/ attend Good Practice Networks (GPN)

  • An opportunity for members to set the topic for a round table discussion and seek help from the membership network
  • Interested members attend the sessions to discuss the issue/challenge, share thoughts, ideas and good practice
  • Outcomes shared with the wider network

A Gateway to UCLan’s internationally recognised research centres, the expertise of staff, students and graduates, and the outstanding facilities UCLan has to offer.

  • Funded business support - £10million of funding to support Lancashire SMEs
  • Post vacancies free to our student/graduate on Career Edge
  • Advertise your events free on UCLan’s website
  • Receive the UCLan Business Connect quarterly e-newsletter
  • Access our expertise - tap into our wide range of expertise, knowledge and facilities
  • Develop your workforce – degree apprenticeships, CPD and courses
  • Recruit our talent – 35,000 students and graduates

In the past year we have listened and delivered on our commitment to share our expertise:What we do

To find out more about what the Centre has achieved in the past year read our Annual Report.

Contact us: Telephone: 01772 894321 Email smedevelopment@uclan.ac.uk follow us at @UCLanBusiness

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Prof. Sue Smith

Sue has an extensive track record of university business engagement. Sue began her career in the private sector in the area of marketing and research consultancy.

Sue has an extensive track record of university business engagement. Sue began her career in the private sector in the area of marketing and research consultancy.

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Alison Hitchen

Alison joined UCLan in 2003 after a 10 year career within the TV Advertising/Local TV department at Virgin Media. 

Alison joined UCLan in 2003 after a 10 year career within the TV Advertising/Local TV department at Virgin Media. 

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Business Events

View our upcoming Centre for SME events here.

View our upcoming Centre for SME events here.