‘44 per cent of graduates leave the region for employment reasons’
Yorkshire businesses are jam-packed with innovation. The scale, variety and diversity of firms operating across the region is staggering. We are home to household names including Asda, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons, alongside thousands of new starts-ups and small and medium-sized companies.
At Leeds Beckett University, we have forged close relationships with many of these businesses, helping them innovate, expand and remain at the forefront of their sectors.
On any given day, experts from our Leeds Business School may be working to develop new packaging with Asda, or advising a firm with just a handful of employees.
Our commitment to Yorkshire businesses is no more evident than in Calderdale, where we are proud to co-sponsor an annual business award presentation. The November event celebrates the best in business, innovation, manufacture and entrepreneurship.
Supporting established business in the region, and helping to shape new companies, is a vital part of our work here at Leeds Beckett.
Recently, we officially launched our latest venture – the Halifax University Business Centre, located at Piece Mill in Halifax, next door to the iconic Piece Hall.
The new centre has been developed with Calderdale
Council and is another example of our determination to help drive economic progress in the region.
This new venture also provides a platform to build relationships with corporate partners including The Institute of Directors, Mid Yorkshire Chamber, Lupton Fawcett solicitors, the Ad:Venture partnership, WGN, Exa Networks, Halifax BID, Yorkshire Bank, The
Yorkshire Post and Halifax Courier.
Our collaboration with these partners also offers Calderdale a significant university presence and the opportunity to recruit graduates and retain fresh talent and skills in the region.
Across Yorkshire, we need to retain more of our graduates. Currently, 44 per cent of graduates leave the region for employment reasons. Nationally, a quarter of all graduates head of to London within six months of leaving university.
If we are to establish a genuine Northern Powerhouse for the country, partnerships are vital in boosting our regional economy, supporting existing companies and laying the foundations for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Higher education has a major role to play in this. There are 31 universities in the Northern Powerhouse area and between us we sustain more than 150,000 jobs and contribute £18bn to the economy.