UCL East


UCL and UAL partner to build local businesses

5 April 2024

East Bank Partners UCL and UAL's London College of Fashion have teamed up to support local entrepreneurs and emerging businesses in east London with a free 6-week Business Builder skills programme.

A group of people sit at a table with laptops beneath a sign that reads 'Project Space'

The UCL School of Management, which is based at Canary Wharf, and Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion, have launched the free Business Builder programme, which sees its first recruits all set to join in May.

Academics and entrepreneurs have together created and developed a hybrid 6-week programme designed to support emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses based in east London. It recognises the innumerable opportunities that entrepreneurship offers local communities in relation to stimulating economic growth and prosperity, and will support their ability to compete in the future labour market.

The Business Builder programme is being offered free to all successful applicants and will be delivered from our UCL East campus in Stratford with our East Bank Partner, London College of Fashion, UAL.

Participants will benefit from expert teaching and be given real-world examples and implementable actions to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and key frameworks that will grow their business.

Simon Magness, Partnerships Manager for UCL East said:
"It's fantastic to see colleagues from UCL complementing the skills and expertise of our East Bank Partners London College of Fashion, UAL, to deliver an impactful programme to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Together our two institutions will share experience, knowledge and networks to enhance and support local entrepreneurs build their businesses in east London."

Prof Susan Smith, deputy director of student experience at UCL School of Management, said:
"We're very much looking forward to welcoming our first cohort onto this exciting collaboration between UCL School of Management and London College of Fashion."

Find out more about the East Bank Business Builders programme