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Strategic relationships in Kingston upon Thames

Senior representatives from the University are involved with several high profile partners in the borough.

Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Kingston Chamber of Commerce (KCC) represents the interest of business communities across the borough and works closely alongside the council. KCC hosts a variety of networking events for members, including monthly breakfasts, lunches and a host of other evening events.

The University sits on the Board of the Chamber and collaborates on several projects including their Kingston Business Expo which has been held at Kingston Business School for the last four years.


Established in 2004, Kingstonfirst is an independent not-for-profit company which champions the interests of town centre businesses. Kingstonfirst was the UK's first Business Improvement District (BID).

The University sits on the Board of Kingstonfirst. Joint projects have included working with students to design tourist information bikes, explore new concepts and designs for Kingston riverside, and to create and run 'pop-up' shops in the town centre.

Royal Borough of Kingston (RBK)

Representatives from across the University sit on various committees led by RBK. In 2016, we partnered on a joint European Regional Development Fund bid to develop 'The Exchange' - which aims to provide affordable workspace and a networking and support hub for local businesses.

Integrated Business Support group (IBuS)

The Integrated Business Support group (IBuS) consists of Royal Borough of Kingston, the Chamber of Commerce, Kingstonfirst, Kingston College, Kingston Voluntary Action and Kingston University. The aim of the group is to work together to ensure that local businesses, whether commercial or non-profit making, have access to the comprehensive and integrated business support services across the borough.

Kingston Strategic Partnership (KSP)

We are a member of the Kingston Strategic Partnership which aims to set the overall vision and direction for partnership working in Kingston by bringing key partners together from the statutory, voluntary and business sectors. KSP is chaired by the leader of the council.

Kingston Young Entrepreneur Club (KYEC)

The University is a founding partner of KYEC - a membership organisation which gives local young entrepreneurs a forum to network and grow. Other partners include RBK, Kingston Chambers of Commerce, Kingston College and Metro Bank.

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