‘44 per cent of grad­u­ates leave the re­gion for em­ploy­ment rea­sons’

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - An­drew Slade

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.

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