Leading Bucks figure speaking at inaugural Business Week driving trade in High Wycombe


Date: 13th Jan 2017

Buckinghamshire New University's Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise is speaking at a business week in High Wycombe.

Professor Tim Middleton is part of town centre management company HWBIDCo's Business Week from 23-27 January which is held to benefit firms in the town.

Prof Middleton will host a session in Little Market House with leading businesses in the town centre at 2pm on Wednesday 25 January.

The session will discuss the future of the town's economy and opportunities for businesses to work with Bucks New University, including through new degree apprenticeships.

Prof Middleton said: "The University is delighted to be working with HWBIDCo to support Business Week. We will be setting out details of ways business in High Wycombe can benefit from working with us.

"As a University we offer a rich mix of applied and vocationally relevant degree programmes. In addition to developing the skills of their staff, businesses can work with Universities on researching and developing new products and services, as well as benefiting from consultation and expert advice.

"We are also one of eight higher education institutions funded to teach new degree apprenticeships in areas including early years education, engineering, business, accountancy, financial services, law and digital technology."

Working in partnership with leading employers, Bucks New University aims to offer around 370 new opportunities for apprentices and their employers for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017. The apprenticeship levy will be paid by employers in any sector with a pay bill of more than £3 million per year, and will be charged at 0.5 per cent. The levy will be paid to HMRC through PAYE.

The Business Week is bringing together a number of training workshops and relevant consultations. Oliver O'Dell, Chief Executive of HWBIDCo, said: "Whilst there are a number of county-wide initiatives we wanted to put together something specific to High Wycombe and something that has more of a town centre bias.

"At this stage, Business Week is a trial to gauge business interest locally but it has the scope to build into a substantial annual event which could also see us mentor other centres in Buckinghamshire.

"We are delighted to be able to access the skills and expertise of Bucks New University and hope that this will create some interesting spin-off activities throughout the year."

For more information and to book a space go to www.hwbidco.co.uk.