An array of local businesses and entrepreneurs gathered on October 19 at a special event hosted by GSM London.
The event marked GSM London’s participation in ‘Start-up Europe Comes to Universities’ (SEC2U), an initiative run by the Start-up Europe Universities Network (SEUN) and backed by the European Commission. The initiative aims to improve European universities’ role in local innovation and entrepreneurship and to boost the support available to local start-ups.
The theme of the event was ‘Re-thinking the start-up: integrating multiple perspectives from the ground up’.
The day included insight from start-up entrepreneurs, discussion around how emerging start-ups can be successful and the development of an action plan for enhancing local conditions and opportunities for start-ups.
The event was organised by GSM London Careers and Employability and the GSM London Formation Zone, a business incubator which offers a range of business and start-up advice services to GSM London staff, students, alumni and the local community.
The event was also supported and attended by local business groups, including West London Business Ealing Business Forum, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and London Business Support Service.
“We are delighted to be involved in the SEC2U initiative,” said Paul Moran, Head of GSM London Formation Zone.
“Support for start-ups and small businesses is a priority at GSM London. The Formation Zone was created for exactly that reason and we are very much looking forward to being involved in the development of local business in the future.”
Chief Executive of West London Business, Andrew Dakers, emphasised the need for further backing for start-ups and local businesses.
“West London sees a phenomenal number of start-up enterprises enter the UK’s second largest marketplace every year,” said Mr Dakers.
“Yet we know that the survival rates of these young enterprises vary hugely depending on critical environmental factors, such as affordable facilities, investment and quality of advice.
“West London Business looks forward to hearing the ideas and ‘action plan’ emerging from the discussions at GSM today, to inform how West London better responds to the needs and priorities of start-ups. It is vital we ensure the conditions are right for West London start-ups.”
Geoff Langston, Co-founder of the Ealing Business Forum and Director of SME GL Connects, reiterated the importance of SMEs to the UK economy.
“Collaboration between businesses and students in education is critical to the economic success of the UK, particularly with SMEs contributing in excess of 80% of the UK’s GDP and the current skills gap,” said Mr Langston.
“Ealing Business Forum, representing SMEs across the Borough of Ealing, and our own SME business, GL Connects, are therefore delighted to be involved in, and actively supporting, this event.”
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Notes to editors
- GSM London (formerly the Greenwich School of Management) is a distinctive higher education provider that has been delivering degree-level education for over 40 years. We have campuses in Greenwich and Greenford and a study centre at London Bridge. Our partnership with Plymouth University means that our students receive a final qualification/degree awarded by one of the UK’s top modern universities.
- GSM London is genuinely inclusive, helping students to realise their aspirations whatever their situation. We encourage them to have bold dreams, and we focus on employability from day one. We currently have around 7,000 students studying for a range of business-related degrees. Our diverse student body comes from local communities in Greenwich and Greenford, and we have also attracted a strong following from many overseas markets such as the Gulf States, Nigeria, and the Far East as well as Europe.
- The College differentiates itself from other providers in higher education by embracing the opportunities of diversity and inclusion. About 80% of our students live within 10 miles of their campus, 90% are Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME), 80% are mature and 16.6% are drawn from POLAR 1 and 2 postcodes (the largest percentage of any higher education institution in London). To meet the educational needs of this unusual, dynamic and entrepreneurial student base, we are pioneering strengths-based learning in the UK in which we build on the life and work experiences of our students.