SME Business Clinic – Day 2


University of Liverpool

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool Hope University

Edgehill University

Dave Verberg

Be Ethical Training


The Good Business Festival along with our partners will host a drop in business support clinic in the TGBF Hub everyday between 10am and 12pm.  Open to all TGBF Festival and Wednesday 23rd Day Pass holders.

Day 1 Clinic Schedule

  • University of Liverpool: Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI)
The Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI) has launched a new £14 million initiative – the Eco-I North West programme – to support businesses in the North West develop low carbon innovation and skills, and to support ‘green’ economic growth.
This clinic will provide SME’s opportunities to discuss driving carbon research throughout all sectors using the expertise and facilities available at the University of Liverpool.
The aim is to create an integrated innovation ecosystem drawing on skills from industry and academia toward local and regional low carbon growth ambitions.


  • University of Liverpool: Zero Carbon Research Institute
The University of Liverpool Zero Carbon Research Institute (ZCRI) is a research and consultancy group led by Founder and Director Dr Stephen Finnegan and supported by industry sponsors. Its goal is to assist in deciphering the complex carbon landscape and designing strategies to help business achieve the UK Governments plan to become Net Zero Carbon (NZC) by 2050.
This clinic will explore carbon literacy and explain how SMEs and employees can play their part in NZC and beyond NZC.


  • Liverpool John Moores University: Leadership for Growth Consultancy
The project is aimed at employees from micro-enterprises (1-9 employees) and from small and medium enterprises. (10 – 249 employees and turnover less than £43 million) as well as those individuals that are currently excluded (e.g. carers) from realising their management and leadership potential in the workplace.
The aim is to upskill people currently fulfilling, or with the future potential to undertake higher level management and leadership roles to improve productivity and growth.  Under-represented groups are actively encouraged to participate.


  • Liverpool John Moores University: Scanning the Market Environment Workshop – Implications for SMEs
The absence of scanning practice means SMEs are less aware of developing situations in the market place and therefore they are less prepared to deal with the impact of such developments or even take advantage of opportunities, as the case may be. Having a working environmental scanning strategy is useful but it requires resources that many SMEs don’t have. Liverpool John Moores University would like to offer an new resource for SME’s.
This clinic will involve a series of exercises to help SME’s highlight 3 main market risks and 3 main market opportunities.  The exercises will help SME’s evaluate their position, see where they could do more and look at how engaging with universities and LJMU business clinic can help.


  • Liverpool Hope University: Starting on your business sustainability assessment: People, Purpose, Planet and Profit” with Dr Tony Bradley.
Tony is an experienced business consultant, with 25 years experience of working with and running his own businesses. He is an expert on sustainability and has developed the Business Sustainability Cycle, which helps businesses to practically address 360 degree sustainability, and place the challenges of “Net Zero” in the context of the everyday realities of the business environment.


  • Liverpool Hope University: Stress Management
The aim of this clinic is to help staff to reduce their stress and remain productive.
Managing the stress of their employees is important for many companies who need their staff to remain at peak performance. This session will focus on helping the businesses to produce the workplace change they desire, addressing their employees potential triggers and working together seamlessly.


  • Edge Hill University: Harnessing digital business technologies to create sustainable and scalable practices. Discussion
Discussion and case studies on how the adoption and implementation of digital business technologies transform sustainable business practices and business growth.
Led by Associate Director or Business Development Manager of Edge Hill’s SME Productivity & Innovation Centre.


  • Dave Verburg: “Good Business Festival Hands On Session”
Get your own answers to your current business challenges by your peers. People who have been there, faced the same challenges, and have come out the other side to tell the tale.
Dave Verburg will host ‘Mission Success’ sessions from 10am-12pm offering SME’s time to be listened to, be understood, be challenged, and become more able to move your business forward.
The session will consist of Dave Verburg and two or three of his clients who have been though the Action Learning process offering support to SME’s.


  • Be Ethical Training
Supporting the accountability part of being a ‘good SME’, Be Ethical Training are on a mission to show our wonderful small business community how to run successful ethical practises in-house, giving you practical advice and tools to also track, measure and report on your impact to future proof your business.


  • Gather (Form) Networking
Gather would like to invite students, graduates, and anyone looking for a career change, to connect with industry professionals from Liverpool’s creative, digital, and tech businesses.
Gather will be hosting an informal drop-in session to support tomorrow’s talent to gain valuable insight into creative and digital careers, tips to secure your dream role, portfolio reviews, jobs you never knew existed, and plenty of fun, chats, and goodies to take away.
And if you’re in the industry come on over to the Gather table to share your experiences and insights. #payitforward



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