Institute for Business, Enterprise and Organisational Impact (BEOI)

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange institute prioritises a ‘grow your own’ development strategy. Our aim is to inspire and empower people to flourish in enterprise through high quality impactful research.

We aim to build a reputation and profile that places our institute at the heart of the business and civic community. Our research underpins our teaching from undergraduate to postgraduate, degree apprenticeships, CPD and SME enterprise development. Our intention is to deliver impactful research and knowledge exchange, creating socio-economic benefit regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Our institute builds upon existing partnerships with colleagues at our Cyprus, Westlakes and Burnley campuses. We will continue to prioritise multi-disciplinary research, as evidenced by our successful REF2021 submission, where our work was judged as being either internationally excellent or world-leading, and an overall ranking GPA of 16th out of 108 business and management submissions.

The formation of the single institute will streamline the engagement of a wider range of research and knowledge exchange activity taking place across the University, where business and/or socio-economic input is beneficial.

Joining our institute means being part of a vibrant international community of staff with proven record of publications and income generation. Members have a commitment to inspire and empower colleagues to flourish through impactful research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

  • Research

    We nurture and support impactful interdisciplinary research, generating meaningful regional, national and international socio-economic benefit.
  • Knowledge exchange

    We work with and support over 7500 businesses across the UK.
  • Public engagement

    We are passionate about sharing our research, and working alongside, local communities and the wider public.
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Our academics

Dr Sean Gammon
Reader in Leisure and Tourism Management
School of Business

Dr Sean Gammon has been writing and researching in sport tourism for twenty-five years; writing and managing the first undergraduate degree programme on the subject. Sean’s research interests mostly focus on sport tourist experiences, though more recently he has been exploring th…

Professor Sue Smith
Director, Centre for SME and Enterprise Development
School of Business

Sue has an extensive track record of university business engagement. She is passionate about how people learn to lead and manage and the real impact this can have on a business. Sue has designed and taught on many leadership development and entrepreneurship programmes for diverse…