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Boris Johnson praises students' environmental ingenuity at Mayor of London's Low Carbon Prize awards

Posted Monday 24 June 2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson was impressed by Kingston's green credentials at this year's Low Carbon Prize ceremony.Three current students and a graduate from Kingston University were among those shortlisted for the Mayor's Low Carbon Prize 2013. The finalists pitched their ideas at a ceremony held in London's Royal Docks on 13 June to an expert judging panel included Dragon's Den investor Deborah Meaden, international fashion icon Vivienne Westwood and Zac Goldsmith MP.

Minka Luesse, a Fashion MA student, said her idea was to replace synthetic fibres in jackets with a 'greener' material. "I wanted to show that fashion can be beautiful and luxurious as well as sustainable," she said.

Shruti Barton and Celia Small, who are both on the Advertising and Creative Economy MA course, cut it fine with their entry submitting their proposal just 60 seconds before entries closed. Their idea is for a chain of vegetarian cafes and restaurants called 'MEET'. "They would be meat-free, eco-friendly and ethical," Shruti said. "We would want MEET to operate as a collective and make better use of local farmers and growers to reduce food miles."

Pablo RomeDragon's Den investor Deborah Meaden was one of the judges at the 2013 Mayor's Low Carbon Prize ceremonyro Molina, a graduate of the Renewable Energy Engineering MSc came up with a plan to reduce the amount of lighting left on overnight in the docklands area."By using the smart control systems of London's high rise buildings to switch off lighting on alternate floors, we could create a dramatic effect at the same time as saving power and sending a powerful visual message promoting energy saving," he explained.

Mayor Boris Johnson told Kingston's students he was impressed by the University's green credentials. "You are a great centre for innovation and your sustainability reputation is growing. I look forward to seeing some faces from Kingston University on the front page of Fortune magazine," he added.

The Mayor's Low Carbon Prize is open to students at universities and further education college across London for ideas which will reduce the capital's carbon emissions.

Kingston University is no stranger to green success. Last year a team of five students jointly won the Mayor's Low Carbon Prize with a green key concept aimed at encouraging people to recycle, reduce their energy use and throw out inefficient items such as old fridge-freezers.


Barclays-funded research finds a simple smile could be the key to business success

Posted Thursday 13 June 2013

Barclays-funded research finds a simple smile could be the key to business success

A simple smile and a friendly greeting can make customers feel much more loyal towards small independent companies, according to new Kingston Business School research.

The study, which examined the retail behaviour of 2,006 consumers and the business practices of 1,216 decision makers in small and medium-sized enterprises, revealed that a smile and a friendly hello was the most common reason why consumers felt loyal towards independent retailers. However, only just over half those sampled stated their small business employed this practice....


MP Ed Davey to open University-hosted Kingston Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Posted Monday 10 June 2013

MP Ed Davey to open University-hosted Kingston Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Kingston University will play host to Kingston Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo 2013 on Thursday 20 June.

The event will be held at the new £26 million Kingston Business School building located on Kingston Hill. It will be opened by Kingston and Surbiton MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey and Kingston Mayor Councillor Penny Shelton....


Kingston University tops the table for graduate start-ups

Posted Wednesday 29 May 2013

Kingston University tops the table for graduate start-ups

Kingston University is leading the way with its entrepreneurial expertise, producing the most graduate start-up companies of any higher education institution in the United Kingdom for the fourth year running. Figures just released show Kingston helped its business-minded alumni get 201 companies off the ground during 2011-12, up from 179 the year before.

The Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction Survey: 2011-12 also reveals that Kingston University-supported start-ups have the equivalent of 2,216 full-time staff on their books. The figure - an increase from 1,972 in the previous 12 months - is considerably more than for those launched with help from universities elsewhere....


Kingston launches distance learning MBA with Study Group

Posted Tuesday 21 May 2013

Kingston launches distance learning MBA with Study Group

Kingston Business School has officially launched its first distance learning Master of Business Administration degree. As well as costing less than the traditional programme, the new three-year course will allow students to be much more flexible when it comes to fitting study into their working life.

It is aimed both at people living overseas and those in the UK whose career schedules prevent them from completing the full-time Kingston-based MBA....


Enterprising designer believes disability should be no barrier to style

Posted Tuesday 14 May 2013

Enterprising designer believes disability should be no barrier to style

A student from London's Kingston University has created concepts for a range of clothing for disabled women which combines sophisticated style with practicality and comfort.

MA Fashion student Garfield Li's funky yet functional womenswear collection was inspired by a visit to a children's hospice near Luton. "I met a boy in a wheelchair whose mother had cut the back out of his jacket so it was more comfortable for him to wear," the 26 year old, originally from Hong Kong, explained. This sparked the young designer's idea to explore whether he could create a range of cutting-edge fashion specifically tailored for wheelchair users....


Business Secretary Vince Cable praises enterprising nursing graduate

Posted Wednesday 17 April 2013

Business Secretary Vince Cable praises enterprising nursing graduate

A business-minded nursing graduate and single mother-of-three has taken centre stage at the House of Commons during the launch of a national campaign aimed at securing greater government support for aspiring entrepreneurs. Neomi Bennett, from Earlsfield, South London, developed a life-saving aid for people with mobility problems while she was a nursing student at Kingston University and St George's, University of London. She now sells the award-winning product around the world.

Her success was highlighted at a Parliamentary event on 16 April, where Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, addressed an audience of graduate entrepreneurs and university enterprise staff....


Prime Minister's enterprise adviser emphasises Government commitment to business start-ups

Posted Wednesday 10 April 2013

David Cameron's enterprise adviser Lord Young on his visit to Kingston Business School.The Prime Minister's adviser on enterprise, Lord Young of Graffham, has stressed the economic importance of doubling the number of new businesses starting up across the nation. His comments came during a Kingston Business School visit to discuss ways small firms could benefit from tapping in to academic expertise.

Lord Young, who is currently preparing a government report examining how the economy could be boosted by further support for small business growth, spearheaded the launch of the new Start-Up loan scheme for under-25s in 2012. There had already been an enormous demand for the loans since the initiative was unveiled, with the average amount borrowed currently standing at approximately £4,000, he said. This was a modest but vital sum and had the added advantage of giving entrepreneurs access to a business mentor to help turn business ideas into reality. "Around two or three hundred businesses a week are starting and we hope to double that. The pattern of the future is definitely going to be small firms," Lord Young said. He pointed out that very little money was usually needed to start such ventures. "Nowadays, with advances in technology, people can do much of their business from a smartphone," he said.

Lord Young added that he was extremely keen to see business schools integrate even more with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their cities or regions. "For many small and micro firms a key area in which they can improve is their capability and skills, using external help and advice to help them grow. This is why I have asked the Government to put in place a new £30m Growth Voucher programme to help these businesses unlock their potential. I think business schools are the natural home for them to receive help and support. At the same time, I'd like to find ways in which undergraduates can spend time with small firms in their surrounding areas."

Lord Young with Kingston MA student Daisy Wang, whose team were behind the Pozzy reusable flower holder.Lord Young used his visit to the Business School's Kingston Hill campus to discuss his forthcoming report Growing Your Business and other ideas with senior academics. Among them were the Dean, Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard, and Professor Robert Blackburn, who heads up Kingston's Small Business Research Centre and has recently served as specialist adviser to the House of Lords committee on SMEs and exporting. "It was encouraging to hear Lord Young reiterate his thoughts on the way forward," Professor Blackburn said. "The fact he wants to encourage closer relations between small and medium sized enterprises and business schools is welcome, especially for Kingston where we are at the forefront of research and innovation in this field."

Lord Young also made the most of a first-hand chance to see some of the latest inventions and business ideas devised by students from Kingston Business School's MA Creative Economy programme. Fresh from their success in the Westfocus Bright Ideas competition, open to budding entrepreneurs from seven universities across London, the students unveiled award-winning projects such as the Pozzy reusable flower carrier.
"He seemed very enthusiastic about our concept," 24-year-old MA Creative Economy student Celia Small, who helped devise a reusable label called Jabels, said. "I think it's really important that people in such influential positions are able to relate to the business ideas that are being developed by a new generation of entrepreneurs as they will be a big part of how Britain's economy moves forward."

Lord Young's final report had been due to be published next week but, because of the death of Lady Thatcher, will now be released in May.

Lord Young meets Kingston students on the MA Creative Economy course.



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