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UKBI launching a Professional Development Programme

Advised by a panel of long established practitioners, UKBI is in the process of developing a professional development programme to add to its portfolio of member services. This programme will be specifically designed for business incubator managers and their teams, and will respond to the requests from member organisations to work towards more recognition of the business incubation industry. Drawing from the results of an ESRC research project in collaboration with Aston Business School, knowledge gained through UKBI's own Inspire© Accreditation programme and valuable data collected from group discussion with members, the service will be based on core and common competencies for all business incubator managers and their teams irrespective of the sectors that they work in. UKBI will develop a system of endorsement for these competencies and business incubator executive teams will have the opportunity to develop their roles and reach the top of their game.

UKBI Dropzones

The idea is for UKBI members to opt into ‘UKBI Dropzones’ through which UKBI members can provide their clients with access to other members’ professional environments/facilities in the UK, and overseas, for meeting with their customers in a dedicated professional environment thus developing another platform for the expansion of their businesses. This service can be developed into a tangible UKBI member service, an avenue to promote members' facilities and services to a wider national and international base.

UKBI Member News: SETsquared in Brunel's Engine Shed

UKBI Member and the award-winning business incubator, The Bristol SETsquared Centre, moved in to its new home this August, to be the first ‘Component’ of an exciting new collaboration between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol. The Engine Shed project is a £1.7m refurbishment of Brunel's original 1841 railway station, engine shed and drawing office that will, when it opens fully this October, bring together other components to create a hub of enterprise, innovation and collaboration. As well as the SETsquared Centre, Engine Shed will house the West of England LEP office, the local inward investment service, Invest in Bristol + Bath, a co-working space operated by University of Bath ("DigiCity"), an independent internet accelerator, a suite of meeting rooms including Brunel's original board room, a public innovation showcase and a prestigious business lounge - a fantastic space for innovators, academics, entrepreneurs, business leaders and policy makers to interact, inform and do business. It is estimated that there are about 500 job vacancies likely in the next 2 years, in the high-tech sector, and Engine Shed will be a critical part in bringing together talent, employers, investors and new ideas.
Published on 21-10-2013 13:08 by David Tee. 931 page views

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