EXPERTS at Huddersfield University come up with a 10-point “masterplan” to beat the credit crunch.
Prof Bob Cryan, Vice chancellor of the university, worked alongside colleagues to formulate a guide they believe will help local businesses stay afloat during the recession.
He said: “As a large employer, who makes a significant contribution to our local economy, it is clear that we can assist businesses in meeting the challenges this recession brings.
“This is not only through continuing, and where possible, bringing forward building and maintenance projects, but also offering our expertise to help businesses take advantage of all possible opportunities, and to emerge from the recession ready to grow again.”
The university hasn't forgotten about it's students.
Careers staff are offering extra advice on finding a job during the recession and a £500 bursary is on offer for those students who wish to continue their studies.
Due to the lack of graduate jobs available, the university have formulated a unique flexible further studies program allowing students the freedom to study while actively seeking employment.
Professor Cryan added: “We just want to make it clear and to remind people that if they are getting into difficulties then the university may be able to help.”
1. Halving the time to pay our bills so that cash flows quickly to local businesses
2. Accelerating the building of our £17m Business School to protect jobs in the construction industry
3. Bringing forward, where we can, refurbishment and maintenance work to help keep businesses going in the downturn
4. Using procurement to ensure we benefit the local economy where we can
5. Supporting business start-ups by providing incubator facilities.
6. Arranging for the Chief Executive of one of the world’s largest companies, 3M, to give a seminar to regional businesses on ‘Managing in turbulent times’.
7. Appointing business development managers to support our interaction with companies.
8. Providing subsidised training packages to help develop the workforce in local businesses and give them a competitive advantage.
9. Developing free taster sessions to support local people in making career changes.
10. Providing discounted consultancy, testing and expert opinion services to local businesses.