Knowledge Action Network Partners

The Centre for Enterprise at MMU Business School

The Centre for Enterprise is a trailblazing innovation, enterprise delivery and research centre, driven by fusing MMU Business School and business.

We unlock growth and innovation capacity in commercial and not for profit organisations.

The Centre has worked with 1000 businesses in the North West, and our projects include the prestigious 10,000 Small Business Programme, funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and LEAD, the professional leadership development programme.

The MMU Business School (MMUBS):, is a key regional leader in engaging business outside academia. The majority of our academic staff are also practitioners in their business field, which means that our research and consultancy is informed with current management development and best practice in the SME sector.


University of Cumbria

Over the past 10 years the Research & Enterprise Team  have successfully delivered a range of programmes and projects across Cumbria and north Lancashire including LEAD, UNITE with Business and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.  Collectively the team have a wide range of experience – in both supporting businesses and running their own enterprises so you can be sure they understand your needs.

With the Knowledge Action Network we are focusing on companies from Cumbria interested in furthering their knowledge and delivery of renewable energy projects and efficiency schemes. We are applying a number of themes to each KAN cohort which we would love to tell you more about. Visit our website at

The Project Manager responsible for delivery of the Knowledge Action Network is John Berry who says “Combining peer-to-peer learning with specialist speakers will ensure that delegates of the Knowledge Action Network have the edge on their competitors. Encouraging companies to take an objective look at their business will drive innovation which we will support with coaching and advice from specialists and academics. We are already seeing some great results from the cohorts commenced so far with some examples of collaborative working.”

The University of Cumbria can help drive your organisation to success.


University of Chester

Here at the University of Chester we know that small businesses are at the heart of the UK economy, with creative, innovative and entrepreneurial ideas. However, we understand that while setting up and developing your business you face huge obstacles and challenges.

The Knowledge Action Network (KAN) has been developed though this understanding of SMEs and the issues they face.  It provides a platform for small business owners to work with our experts and each other to innovate and grow.

Delegates of the Knowledge Action Network at Chester will receive bespoke workshops identified through your diagnostics that will front your Knowledge Action Groups to spark rich discussion and share best practice. You will be encouraged to take an objective look at your business with support from specialist speakers, university academics and your individual business coach. We are already seeing some positive examples of collaborative working and trading opportunities within our first cohort. 

The KAN team at the University of Chester look forward to working with you.