CARDIFF Metropolitan University is celebrating the signing of a ground-breaking partnership agreement with the South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce.
The university, which has campuses in Cyncoed and Llandaff, has an unrivalled reputation in entrepreneurship and productivity within the SME community.
As Corporate Partners, the university’s Creative Leadership & Enterprise Centre (CLEC) and Cardiff School of Management’s Enterprise department will collaborate with the Chamber to share expertise, support and advice with the SME business sector.
Through its work with the Hodge Foundation Research Team, their focus is on providing suitable training for improved management skills. Cardiff Metropolitan University delivers top-class leadership research and training, most notably through its flagship 20Twenty programme, in addition to the School of Management’s professional courses and research projects with local enterprise and SMEs.
Following the publication of the university’s ‘Managing Productivity in Welsh Firms’ report earlier this year, the importance of raising productivity in Welsh companies in the post-lockdown period has been highlighted by many publications as the first step on the road to adapting to a post Covid-19 economic landscape.
To provide support to small firms in Wales and to help businesses prepare for the recovery process, the university has planned a series of round table events aimed at specific industry sectors, with a focus on measuring and improving productivity. Through these events and other avenues of support such as free productivity assessments, Cardiff Metropolitan University is aiming to highlight new approaches to business growth and recommend ways to adapt to the ‘new normal’. If you are an SME and would like to find out more about a free assessment to improve your productivity, enquire here.
The partnership with the Chamber will help connect the university with the organisation’s members, many of whom are SMEs, and provide additional resources and advice in the current economic uncertainty.
Siân Rees, Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise at Cardiff School of Management, said: “Cardiff School of Management is delighted to be a Corporate Partner of the South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce, especially during these very challenging times. The combined expertise of the university and the Chamber will create a powerful source of knowledge and guidance for businesses as all organisations navigate a way through the current difficult circumstances.”
Heather Anstey, Chief Executive at South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are extremely pleased that Cardiff Metropolitan University are partnering with us. The Cardiff School of Management and Creative Leadership & Enterprise Centre are renowned for their work within the SME community and will bring valuable insights and support at a challenging time for businesses.”