#SBSFest17: 3rd Annual Suffolk Business Festival is almost here!

Later this month, we will be welcoming students, professionals, and academics to the University of Suffolk for the 3rd Annual Suffolk Business Festival.

Suffolk Business Festival

Each year, we host a range of academic and professional development activities for students, and networking and keynote events for local and national business professionals. This year, we look forward to welcoming Professor Emma Bell, Professor Keith Still, Chief Inspector Matthew Rose, Minnie Moll, Michelle Pollard, among others, to the University of Suffolk #SBSFest17.

Please see below for the list of events, and links to the booking pages:

Monday 23 October

16:30-20:30 Business at the Movies: Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Tuesday 24 October

07:45-09:15 Ensors Business Breakfast: Supporting  Entrepreneurship in Female Students

11:30-13:00 Women in Management & Leadership Panel Discussion

Wednesday 25 October

18:30-21:30 Suffolk BME Business Awards 2017 

Thursday 26 October

14:00-16:00 Managing Risk with Keith Still & Matthew Rose

17:30-19:30 Keynote and Networking Evening: Stefan Stern, Director of the High Pay Centre – Can We Manage? A Short Talk About the Tasks Facing Leaders Today


Save the date! MBA 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Suffolk Business School alumni are invited to save the date for the 25th Anniversary of the MBA programme – staff and alumni will be coming together to celebrate this momentous occasion in the evening of Friday 9 May.

Watch this space!

In the meantime, read some MBA #SBSAnalysis posts:

SBS Events: Go Solo

This month, Suffolk Business School teamed up with PolicyBee Ltd to offer students the opportunity to explore careers as freelances and in self-employment.

We were excited to welcome a great range of organisations to UCS who were on hand of offer practical and helpful advice to students who are thinking about going freelance after graduation (or even during their studies). Ensors, Larking Gowen, Ashtons Legal, Eastern Enterprise Hub, Menta, and Browser Media were among those involved.


This event was the first of it’s kind at UCS. As Suzanne Nolan, Lecturer in Employment Development, said:

“Freelancing is a growing trend, so it makes sense that our students want to find out more about what could be a rewarding career choice for many of them. UCS students are serious about their futures, so we are glad to be able to offer them exactly the help and support they asked for in the student survey.”


PolicyBee worked with the Suffolk Business School at UCS to survey students about their opinions on becoming self-employed, and the support they wanted to receive at the Go Solo event. They found that 75% of UCS students surveyed were interested in becoming self-employed in the future. Nearly 90% of UCS students wanted the opportunity to speak with people who are self-employed, and over 85% of students wanted advice on the legal requirements involved in setting up their own business.

Working alongside PolicyBee and UCS to help organise and facilitate the event was Events Management student, Natasha Hook. Natasha is using the experience as part of her work-based learning module for her degree. Not only that, but she hopes the opportunities offered from the event will help with her ambitions to start her own business after graduation. Good luck Natasha!

You can read Suzanne’s ‘5 Tips to Go Solo’ here.