University launches business recovery programme

Lancaster University Management School is to launch a fully-funded programme designed to help businesses recover from the coronavirus crisis.

The programme will feature online workshops designed and delivered by the university's academics. The first cohort, of around 10 businesses, will begin the five-week course later this month with additional groups running in July and August.

Matt Hutchinson, project manager at Lancaster University Management School, said: “We understand that not everyone’s experience will be identical, but we know there will be similar challenges and worries plaguing many of our local SMEs.

It’s understandable that in the early stages, businesses were in ‘firefighting’ mode - responding reactively to the developing situation. Now, as the economy prepares to gradually re-open, the reality of what that actually entails, and how different socio-economic scenarios will impact on markets, supply chains and customer bases for individual businesses will be at the forefront of many minds – and that’s where we can help.”

This programme is designed for business leaders to benefit from the expertise of our world-leading academic and business minds

Matt added: "This programme is designed for business leaders to benefit from the expertise of our world-leading academic and business minds, while also sharing and working through real-time experiences with a strong peer network. The beauty of this opportunity is that businesses will have their own unique journey - and we will be on hand to support as they explore ways to drive business recovery in the short-term, while planning for a more resilient long-term future.”

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (EDRF) and supported by Boost; Lancashire’s business Growth Hub and the Cumbria Growth Hub.

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