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New support and training programme for start ups and small business

New support and training programme for start ups and small business

The IWIC Entrepreneurs Programme has been set up to provide local small to medium enterprises, university students and Innovation Centre members, the opportunity to grow their business and understand the challenges of running and developing an enterprise in real time.

By introducing entrepreneurs to a wide range of business practitioners, academics and established entrepreneurs, graduates of an Eastern Enterprise Hub programme at the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre will feel more confident, resilient and better equipped to lead their start-up business. We are also experienced in helping early startups apply for funding and investment.

Programme Details:
The eight - session programme will run for four months and will cover:

  • Entrepreneurial/innovative creative thinking
  • Business planning
  • Knowing your customer
  • Marketing and social media
  • Financial planning
  • Funding your start up
  • Legal factors & intellectual property
  • Media training


For more details about the programme or the new Innovation Centre visit or email

Article by University of Suffolk

University of Suffolk is a modern and unique institution offering a range of full and part-time degrees in Arts and Humanities, Business, Nursing and Midwifery, Science, Technology and Health, and Social Sciences.  

University of Suffolk degrees are jointly validated by two leading UK universities, the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex. Students at University of Suffolk benefit from the input of these two universities, as well as local colleges and the wider community. Students are based across the six UCS centres at the main Ipswich Campus on Ipswich Waterfront, Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Otley and Suffolk New College.

University of Suffolk has grown over the last five years from a small cohort of local students to a thriving community in excess of 5,000 students. Of this number the majority of students are undergraduate but growth is also being seen in both postgraduate and international numbers.

Anyone interested in studying at University of Suffolk is encouraged to attend an Open Event to find out more about the range of courses available, as well as meeting academic staff, learning about student support, accommodation, admissions and student life, and getting advice on student finance, budgeting and the range Fee Waivers available.

University of Suffolk has enjoyed increasingly strong National Student Survey outcomes and graduate success is regularly highlighted, with 92% of graduates going on to employment or further study in 2012*. This high success rate confirms University of Suffolk’s strong emphasis on employability and reflects the continuing recruitment of experienced staff, including many top Professors and Visiting Professors. 

The Business Development team at University of Suffolk is committed to building high-value partnerships with commercial, public and third-sector organisations, facilitating engagement with businesses locally, nationally and internationally. The team works with the academic departments across University of Suffolk to support business engagement and enterprise in areas such as Continuing Professional Development, consultancy, knowledge exchange and student enterprise. To discuss how University of Suffolk could enhance your business performance through a bespoke programme of activities, solely focused around the individual needs of your organisation, please contact the Business Development team: 01473 338628.

*DLHE Survey 2012 (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education)