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Derby University Receives Business Award

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The University of Derby has been awarded the title of 'University of the Year' at the Midlands Business Awards in recognition of its enterprise support programme which provides help to students and graduates to set up their own business.

The university's 'Be The Boss' scheme was set up in October 2016 and offers a combination of action planning and one-to-one support provided by experienced business advisers. Run by the university's Careers and Employment department, the scheme has helped more than 60 people develop an idea into a working business.

The Careers and Employment Service also run a regular networking event, providing students the chance to present their ideas to guest speakers.

Commenting on the award, Jo Wheldon, Head of Student Employment and Enterprise, said: "Supporting students and graduates to develop enterprising skills and ultimately start their own business, is a key part of our offer. I am so proud of the team and all the efforts that have gone into the Be The Boss project and to see this recognised through this award is testament to their hard work."

Be The Boss is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and is being run by the University of Derby until April 2019.