Thursday 9th March 2017
The Ballroom, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Stadium MK
UCMK back as headline sponsors
Back again for a second year, MKBAA is very proud to have the University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes Campus, as one of the headline sponsors. The campus is based in the city centre and offers research and teaching at all levels of higher education. Courses include undergraduate and postgraduate levels and many areas of business are covered from computing and technology, sports science to psychology, journalism, education right through to healthcare and graphic design.
One of the key opportunities that their courses offer is hands-on enterprise placements where students work closely with organisations in and around Milton Keynes within their core programme of study. The university has strong ties with many large and small organisations within Milton Keynes and being a headline sponsor of MKBAA is vital to keep that line of communication open.
One of our judges and Director, University Campus Milton Keynes, Gordon Mellor gives us this insight into what factors lead to UCMK continuing to be a headline sponsor of the awards this year;
“At University Campus Milton Keynes we have a strong interest in promoting the very best of what the Milton Keynes business community can offer. Our close collaboration with businesses enables our students to see, understand and engage with exciting corporate, commercial, service and manufacturing enterprises in and around the City.”
But he’s also keen to point out that the benefits go both ways, “Students are a resource for a business as well as providing the next generation of entrepreneurs. Our credit-bearing work placement courses have students out in businesses for a complete semester, gaining real-life skills and contributing ideas, novel perspectives and enthusiasm.”
Two awards this year especially resonate with the University, ‘Innovation & Technology’ and ‘Young Business Person of the Year’, as a Business Innovation Centre (European Business Network) the university offers enterprise development training, start-up and small business support and with a specific focus on technology and data for smart cities development, the opportunities for businesses and young people in the sector are huge.
Gordon continues, “The MKBAA evening is a wonderful showcase and a chance to see the quality and commitment that is so very important for Milton Keynes as we go into the City's 50th year. Good luck to everyone who has entered.”