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The business school of Gloucester Road, Bristol

BristolImage via WikipediaThe daughter and I were walking along Gloucester Road in Bristol when we met Robert Uphill.  Robert is an engaging young man and has just joined the ranks of the self-employed.  He has got his first contract and is/was in the process of registering a company and website under the name Robert Uphill.  But he had met the right people!  We suggested he had a dream of building a bigger business and needed to have a name and website such as Uphill Associates.

Then we started to dream and suggested he explored the business schools at Bath and Bristol and the resources available to help him produce a business plan with a dream of building a technology company similar to the ones in the Cambridge Cluster.  I also pointed out how much he must earn to have parity with the total package offered to the public sector – around three times salary.  That gave him something to think about.

As we were dreaming a nice young man asked us to move away from his jewellry shop as he was about to close the shutters.  We got talking and all he said was that the taxes in the UK were too high.  He wanted to jump in a lorry to get out of this country!  He quite put our friend off starting a business!

And then the Daughter and I crossed the road and entered a Hi-Fi shop were a very pleasant young man with an easy going manner gave us a demonstration of Bose products.  Just got to hope that they will have a good sale in 2009 and I can blast my iPhone.

So a quick walk along the Gloucester Road, Bristol, is recommended to entrepreneurs.

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3Rs – Revealing, Rigourous, Relevant

Judge Business SchoolImage via WikipediaProfessor Arnoud de Meyer is Director of the Judge Business School in Cambridge, UK. He joined from Insead three years ago and has lifted the Judge into the top echelon of the business school world by concentrating on building strong links with his host university – Cambridge. Apparently most other business schools want to go it alone and distance themselves from their host. European business schools, Insead in Fontainbleau and ISE in Barcelona are removed from clusters and Harvard Business School tries to keep its independence.

When I showed him the illustrations for Equity Fingerprint, the business plan resource, he was impressed. Now we need to follow his 3R mantra with the NESTA project. “Is it revealing, is it rigorously done and is it relevant – that is, can we translate it into the classroom? The importance of practical research is linked to the second area which we are building on – executive education. Through our research we want to influence the world of business, and executive education is a way of diffusing our ideas to a much larger audience than one would reach simply through MBA programmes.”

Equity Fingerprint will be rigorously done by Lancaster University Management School as part of the NESTA funded project. We know it is revealing and then it will be relevant. It will go global – well, that is the dream.

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Who am I?

Robert Jones is Programme Leader for the Executive (part-time) MBA at the Ashcroft International Business School of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

My areas of interest in teaching and research are:- SMEs, entrepreneurship and innovation. Some of my students are helping to run this site.