2023 Engage HEI Roundtable Invitation to ISBE colleagues





Making Levelling Up Our Business: How can universities,
businesses and policy-makers 
drive entrepreneurialism, innovation and leadership?

When: Wednesday 6 September 2023, 9.00am to 11.15am
The Guildhall, York

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the Engage Roundtable event hosted by the University of York, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), together with the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (ISBE).

The 2023 Engage HEI Roundtable will provide a much-needed opportunity for academics, businesses of all sizes and policy-makers to share their experiences and inform best practice on how to drive change to deliver better economic and social outcomes for everyone.

The socio-economic development of regions and the UK is at a critical stage.  Brexit, the increase in the cost of living, fuel and gas prices and the global precarity of big issues including climate crisis, supply chains and political tensions are creating global uncertainty of socio-economic development. Strengthening and developing the relationships of universities, businesses and policy-makers to enable knowledge exchange can help us to understand and address this precarity.

The purpose of the 2023 Engage HEI Roundtable is to explore how we can create strong coalitions to drive entrepreneurialism, innovation and leadership, in alignment with the 12 Missions of the Levelling Up White Paper. The role of universities in their regions has become increasingly significant, and a recent focus has been in the role of levelling up the notorious disparity across the UK.

This roundtable discussion will move beyond the contested territory of ‘growth for growth’s sake’. It will explore how growing our national economy and local economies can be fundamentally different, inclusive, circular and more beneficial for all and enable us to consider how we can all make levelling up our business.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for this important discussion.
Please RSVP to: Jayne Blizzard,  

Best wishes,

Professor Kiran Trehan

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Partnership and Engagement
University of York


Professor Sue Smith

Director Centre for SME & Enterprise Development University of Central Lancashire



Professor Andrew Henley

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics, Cardiff University and President of ISBE


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