Would-be entrepreneurs can develop their skills and knowledge for developing innovative and successful business ideas - thanks to a new Open University Business School course.
The three-month course - Developing Entrepreneurial Business Ideas provides an important first step in the business planning process.
Managers and businesspeople across Milton Keynes can discover how cutting-edge university research can better inform business strategy when some keynote projects at the Open University Business School are highlighted at an event this month.
Undergraduate business students at the Open University Business School are more impressed with the overall quality of their courses than business students at any other university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, based on the findings of the first National Student Survey.
The news comes as the latest cohort of successful MBA students at the School brings the total of MBA holders at the UK's largest business school to more than 16,000.
Small firms suffer disproportionate costs when complying with government regulations, but their biggest problems often stem more from having to cope with a raft of frequently changing regulations. The findings come from Government Regulation and the Small Firm, the latest report from the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The report is published by the Small Enterprise Research Team, which is based at the Open University Business School.
More than a third (39 per cent) of mall small business owners and almost a quarter (23 per cent) of female owners believe that men have different attributes and psycholoogical traits that make it easier for them to succeed in business, according to research by the Small Enterprise Research Team. Seventy-one per cent of men regard women running businesses as the accepted norm. The team is based at the Open University Business School and this project was sponsored by Lloyds TSB Business.
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The Open University has further expanded its broadcasting portfolio by becoming involved in the BBC's flagship business production, The Money Programme. This latest Open University and BBC co-production demonstrates how the broadcasting partnership is extending further into other more specialised areas of academia, this time with input from the Open University Business School. The first episode in the new series of The Money Programme will be broadcast tonight, Friday 28 October at 7pm on BBC TWO.
Open University law students Amanda Springall-Rogers and Luisa Volpe have been awarded sponsorship for the next stage of their legal training by the Law Society. The awards are made through the society's Diversity Awareness Scheme, which offers support to talented would-be solicitors who face disadvantages.
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Nearly half of Britain's small businesses are serial entrepreneurs who own or have owned more than one business, according to the latest NatWest/SERTeam Quarterly Survey of Small Business.
The research is the work of the Small Enterprise Research Team, which is based at the Open University Business School.
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Almost 100 new MBA graduates from the Open University Business School joined fellow OU graduates to celebrate their achievements at a prestigious ceremony at the Palais des Congres de Versailles, Paris. The MBA graduates - from both the UK and several other European nations - joined 180 other graduates for the ceremony on Saturday, September 10.
Fundraisers working in the charity and voluntary sectors are being invited to apply for one of a number of new scholarships from the Open University Business School.
Ten £500 scholarships towards the cost of studying the School's Winning Resources and Support programme are available.
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