Blog: Business

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The sudden onset of the global pandemic disrupted businesses worldwide. It also forced us all to find innovations to continue operating. Enterprise Development Manager Angela Tooley takes a look at how we have changed the way we work with small businesses in the face of Covid.

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Orla Kelleher, Senior Lecturer in Responsible Management at the University of Derby, investigates the challenges business leaders face in light of the urgent need to address sustainability.

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To mark Sustainable Gastronomy day, Phil Hardy, Senior Lecturer in Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Food Development, looks at how we can eat healthily while also trying to have as little impact as possible on the environment.

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Tourism has been badly hit by the global pandemic, but it has created a chance to reflect on how our travel plans impact upon the wellbeing of local communities, writes Professor Haywantee Ramkissoon, Head of the Visitor Economy Research Group at the University of Derby’s Derby Business School.

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Dr Koushik Das Sarma, Programme Facilitator for the Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP) at the University of Derby, explores how business resilience feeds into business strategy, and draws on some of the questions and feedback he has heard from SME leaders currently on the programme.

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Dr Gary Wright, Senior Researcher in Low Carbon Technology at the University of Derby, looks at how businesses will play a big part in the UK's commitment to making a ‘net zero’ contribution to the world’s carbon emissions by 2050 and explains the ingenious ways that firms here in Derbyshire can reduce the environmental impact of their operations and cut their costs.

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As the University of Derby marks National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (8-14 February), Andy Dowling, Apprenticeships Business Development Manager at the University, explores why a blend of 'off' and 'on the job' training is proving to be a winning formula for students and businesses alike.

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Parminder Johal, Head of Discipline for Accounting and Finance, and Richard Maksymowicz, Associate Lecturer, both at the University of Derby, discuss online retailers taking on high street brands and explore the impact Covid-19 is having on long-standing retailers.

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Professor Keith McLay, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Education at the University of Derby, finds historic parallels in the on-going Brexit discussions relating to the sovereignty of the seas and the battle for fishing rights.

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Chrissie Rowell, Lecturer in Marketing and Advertising at the University of Derby, discusses her recent research into the purchase and consumption of gin, and how it shows the extent to which women are driving the popularity of the spirit.