Committed to generating regional impact, Kent Business School offers its academic support to business, local government and charities through research, strategic advice and consultancy services. Our talented students are keen to work with you, and learn from your experiences. KBS is here to support you, your team and your business.

Open for business

A leading UK business school, we support organisations across a range of sectors, from SMEs to multinational businesses, to develop and thrive. We advise government and non-governmental bodies on organisational performance, HR management, marketing and finance. Innovation and sustainability inform all research and consultancy services.

We help to build the next generation of responsible managers via our Kent MBA and apprenticeship programmes, and gather the leaders of today at our networking events. To share experiences, exchange views and forge new working relationships with the regional business community and Kent Business School.

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Corporate connections

We pride ourselves on delivering first – class academic degrees combined with real-world business connections. We do this via various events such as Kent Business Summit.

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The Kent Business Summit

The Kent Business Summit is an annual event organised in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Locate in Kent (LiK). 

The conference promotes collaboration between Kent business, local government and academics in ensuring sustainable economic growth for the County. The summit report is made available post-event.

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Business Networking Opportunities

We regularly welcome the business community into our School to share ideas and knowledge. Events include our Business Soundbites series and the annual Kent Business Summit.

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Business Soundbites

Business Soundbites are informal networking events, where Kent Business School academics pair up with external experts to present their views on economically relevant topics to an audience of regional stakeholders. Business Soundbites take place regularly, at our state-of-the art Sibson building, on Medway campus, or ‘on location’ in Kent.

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Pitch It!

Successful sessions for businesses and organisations to provide a business challenge to student teams who research and provide innovative solutions.

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How our students can help you

Our students are a knowledgeable, talented and highly motivated group and there are various ways you can work with them.

By employing one of our students for their year in industry, you gain a hardworking employee, determined to make an impression. You have a chance to discover new talent, while they bring the latest ideas in management thinking to your organisation. You could also consider employing a student for an internship, or as a summer placement.

Our Implant Scheme gives you the opportunity to employ a postgraduate student on a project designed by you. The student will have the latest analytical and management skills and so be able to analyse data and improve business decision making. Your project is supervised by an experienced academic supervisor.

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Placements, Implants, Internships

Kent Business School has been encouraging and supporting students to get real world experience in a professional setting in the last ten years.

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How our students can help your organisation

KBS students go to multinationals, SME’s, the public sector and charity organisations. With business students having a broad skills range, we have placements in a wide range of sectors, from the automotive to the entertainment industry, investment banks, accountancy firms and manufacturing companies.

Between 50-70% of our students in any given year are asked back for the graduate job with their placement employer, with many taking up the opportunity and being able to wholly focus on their final year at university with a graduate job already secured.

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ASPIRE

ASPIRE welcomes student innovators and entrepreneurs to its high-quality facilities. ASPIRE has created an environment that encourages creativity, where students can work independently or with others to bring ideas to life.

As part of Kent Business School, we are able to draw on the School’s latest research in innovation and enterprise to help accelerate the progress of your ideas. We help students to develop entrepreneurial skills. Get in touch should you want to become a mentor or coach.

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State-of-the-art Environment

Kent Business School provides the ideal environment for businesses to organise their corporate events, both Canterbury & Medway sites offer facilities

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Venue hire and catering

Kent Business School provides the ideal environment for businesses to organsie their corporate events at both Canterbury and Medway campuses.

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In partnership

Helping you create the competitive advantage

Kent Business School can offer you long or short-term support, providing innovative solutions to difficult challenges and helping you exploit opportunities.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships With funding available through the University of Kent, and supported by the UK Government, a KTP is a three-way partnership between your organisation, a member of our academic staff and a recently qualified student. We work with you for up to two years, sharing our research and providing ongoing support.

Consultancy Driven by intellectual curiosity and drawing on our research and expertise, we work with you to analyse problems, coming up with innovative solutions. We offer a bespoke service, which is great value for money. We can work with you on long-term projects or provide short-term one-to-one sessions.

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Successful partnerships