About the School of Business & Entrepreneurship

At the School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) our focus is on supporting you to become a leader capable of developing the rural economy. So, whether you aspire to a successful career in business or agri-business or, dream of starting your own company we will help you to make it a reality.

The Head of School, Dr David Bozward, leads an established team of academics and practitioner educators with an outstanding reputation for teaching, research and business development. All of whom are committed to working with our students to create a vibrant and dynamic learning community.

Unlike many other business schools SBE offers a curriculum that is grounded in the values, beliefs and ethics of the rural economy which now encompasses a diverse range of ventures from environmental innovators to high technology companies and social enterprises as well as agricultural businesses.

While studying at SBE students will be taught in smaller classes and have access to their tutors throughout the term. They will be engaged by a wide range of teaching and learning activities and, take part in international study trips, visits and work placements which will allow them gain valuable real-world experience and see how their learning is used in practice.

Given the constantly changing nature of the rural economy we are constantly refining our courses and updating materials to ensure that students will receive an education that will prepare them to take advantage of these opportunities. In recognition of this and the practical nature of the courses that we offer, all of our honours degrees have a rare level 6 dual accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) meaning that students leave with an additional diploma and associate membership of this internationally recognised organisation.

Our context

For many people, a rural business is a farm, but that masks a diverse range of ventures from high technology businesses, to online retail and social enterprises which now form a key part of the rural economy. Afterall, over 35% of farms in the UK have diversified, into industries such as energy production, tourism or value-added food production. However, what unites these groups is the landscape and its environment which are core to their values and business ethics.

It’s well known that rural population in the UK are more entrepreneurial, as there are more businesses per head of population, and they are more likely to engage in portfolio careers. Yet, in the UK, the average rural business has a third less turnover, is less likely to export and have reduced growth prospects compared to its urban counterparts.

If you are interested in joining us then you are very welcome to attend one of our open days.

Our vision

To be recognised as a progressive and connected community of practice in management, business and entrepreneurial education that delivers thought leadership for the rural economy and its supply chains.

Our mission

Our vision is supported by our four-fold mission statement:

  • To cultivate the leaders and entrepreneurs who create, share and use knowledge to deliver equitable and sustainable business futures
  • To develop our students into highly employable, socially and environmentally responsible business professionals
  • To support the entrepreneurial talent development and commercialisation of new ideas
  • To deliver specialist business education and knowledge transfer using the context of the rural economy, built environment and food chain

Our USP

We develop entrepreneurial leaders for the rural economy.