University of Bedfordshire is a higher education institute in England, UK. It is the largest provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education in Bedfordshire. The Business School is the largest University Business School in the region. It offers practical, relevant, vocational courses underpinned by research excellence. The staff have a multitude of teaching, research and commercial experience. We work closely with employers on our curriculum, while forging close links with UK companies to provide a broad range of training and accredited industry programmes. . For more than 20 years the Business School has been involved in a wide variety of projects partially funded or fully funded by third parties and funding bodies. Most projects focused on training needs identifications, training material development, and developing and testing e-learning systems for various types of uses (e.g. SME managers, university students, ECVET participants, etc).
The Business School at the University of Bedfordshire (UoB) has considerable experience and knowledge in supporting local and regional SMEs through funded projects, including European social fund, EU Lifelong Learning Programmes and Erasmus+ programme. The business school strongly supports research links with industry and has a wide range of projects with companies, mostly local SMEs. The business school provides training and education in the area of sustainable supply management and supply chain operations and logistics. A number of research students’ projects are focusing on the food supply chain management, and supply chain collaborations and food waste reduction
For example, the business and information systems research centre (BISC) has undertaken research in support of SMEs growth in the following areas:
- Attracting European funds to develop online support tools for SMEs to improve their skills and access innovation and knowledge
- Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students placed in local businesses on digital business projects
- Undertaking surveys to identify the growth needs of business and skills gaps
- Supporting local businesses on specific innovation projects