UCLan retains top spot in the North West for helping graduates start businesses

Posted on - 26th May, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
University of Central Lancashire Media Factory

The Media Factory at UCLan is home to many start-up graduate businesses

Preston’s university has reported an extra £1 million bought in for consultancy work and research with businesses.


The University of Central Lancashire is also the best in the North West for helping graduates start up their own businesses.

The number of start-ups still active after three years has increased by 14 per cent.

Peter Rawling, UCLan’s business incubation manager, said: “We’re delighted that UCLan has once again been named the top University in the North West for graduate start-up businesses and second nationally for the number that are still active after three years.

“It is a great achievement of our students and graduates and demonstrates their commitment and entrepreneurial spirit.”

The university has seen the amount made from consultancy work rise from £7.33 million in 2012/13 to £8.41 million in 2013/14.

Director of research and innovation at UCLan Professor Robert Walsh said: “The HEBCIS results demonstrate UCLan’s strength and competitive edge in both regional and national business interaction and knowledge transfer. They show that the University plays its part in stimulating enterprise, business growth and regeneration in the North West.

“I am delighted that UCLan continues to have such a vital position in sharing knowledge and expertise across the spectrum with young people, graduates and businesses on a local, regional and national scale.”

The figures come as the university remains without a vice-chancellor after Professor Gary Kelleher stepped down in late March, leaving Prof Mike Thomas in caretaker charge.

What do you make of the figures? Have you set up a business after graduating from UCLan? Let us know your views in the comments below

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