The University is delighted to announce the creation of the Bolton Business Gateway (‘BBG’) to act as a focus for the University’s engagement with businesses and external employers, complementing the activities of the Academic Schools and the Careers and Employability Service.

Major activities will include:

  • to assist, in conjunction with the Careers and Employability Service, with the introduction of employment opportunities to our students;
  • to support, in conjunction with the Careers and Employability Service, the development and promotion of our students to potential employers
  • to support Schools in creating or further developing Guest Speaker programmes; live briefs and projects; work experience, placements and internships
  • to work with Academic Schools and the Students’ Union Enterprise Society to foster the development of UoB student entrepreneurs using such initiatives as ‘Bolton Angels and Dragons’ (see below)
  • to assist with the coordination and development of applied research and innovation within the University, and engagement with funding providers – eg venture capitalists

BBG will be led by Martyn Shaw, Director of Business Development supported by Employer Engagement Manager Phil Lawton and Enterprise Coordinator, Jane Stuart-Puttnam. Dedicated webpages can be accessed from 5 October at: where further details of events and activities, as well as contact details, can be found.

Meetings will be held with Heads of Academic Groups in the coming weeks to further develop ideas as to how BBG will be able to support local initiatives.

Students’ Union Enterprise Society

BBG is committed to provide support and guidance to the SU Enterprise Society. The Society will help to provide students with the guidance and skills that they need to enter or thrive in the business world with confidence. During Freshers’ Week, Jane Stuart-Puttnam helped with enrolment of new members. BBG will be working with the SU Enterprise Society to deliver the first cross-University ‘Bolton Angels and Dragons’ event, and to help with engagement with national enterprise initiatives such as FLUX, as well as with national student enterprise initiatives that are run with NACUE (National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs)

There will be regular events, guest speakers etc and the small joining fee will allow free entry into the Bolton Angels and Dragons event. For further details on how to join the society, please contact Lauren Yates on or call into the Students Union Office in Chancellors Mall.

Bolton Angels and Dragons 1516 (‘BAD1516’)

‘Bolton Angels and Dragons 1516’ is a competition, jointly promoted by BBG and the SU Enterprise Society, to promote student engagement with enterprise and in which any student member of the University of Bolton can present their ‘Business Idea’.

Students, either in teams or individually, will make an initial submission of their idea, after which they will be matched with Business Mentors who will provide both generic and dedicated enterprise mentoring sessions.

A formal proposal of the business idea, accompanied by a business plan, will be submitted after the mentoring sessions, in February 2016.

The best will then be shortlisted, and the teams will pitch to ‘semi-final’ panels of judges, followed by a final pitch to a high profile panel of ‘A-List judges’. A range of business support packages will be available to the winning submissions.

Entry to members of the SU Enterprise Society will be free. A charge of £10 will be made to non-members. For more details and to register your interest, check our webpages at after 5 October.

Martyn Shaw
Director of Business Development






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