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University of York helps Yorkshire through the downturn


Ever wanted to use the experience built up over a lifetime in business management to make a difference?   Ever thought of setting up in business for yourself?  Then think about attending the University of York Management School’s one day course entitled ‘How to Start and Run a Profitable Consulting Business’ to be held on 11 January 2010 in Heslington Hall on the York University campus.

Business consulting has become a multi-million pound business as people put their knowledge and experience to work. No matter what field you currently work in, high-paying consulting opportunities abound.  Every year the demand for consultants of every kind increases as organisations become leaner and more compact outsourcing becomes more commonplace.

This practical one-day course will give you all the information and tools you need to turn your knowledge and experience into a profitable consulting business.  The training is designed to provide you with everything you need to know and do in order to turn your professional expertise and experience into a successful independent consultancy business – from developing your initial ideas to your first paying client and beyond.

The full cost of the course is £350.   However, York University is pleased to announce that they are able to offer individuals directly impacted by the current economic crisis, an opportunity to re-skill and redirect their careers with help from Economic Challenge Investment funding from the Higher Education Funding Council and Yorkshire Forward.   Under this funding, individuals are eligible to 100% subsidy and business 60%.

Ruth Adams, Director for Skills at Yorkshire Forward said: “Yorkshire Forward has always been very successful in helping businesses innovate and grow and in making a difference to individuals through education and skills” ECIF investment further increases access to university expertise and the support needed to come through this recession and be in a better position to prosper in the future.”

Course leader Dr John McCabe said: “It takes more than a business card and some organisational skills to start your own consulting business; it requires a range of knowledge, from accounting to time management, and much more. I have worked as a consultant for the past twenty years and am often asked the best way to kick-start a career as an independent consultant by managers who are looking to do something different, enjoy more job flexibility, and, hopefully, make more money.

I have developed this course both from my experiences of working for international management consultancies and from running my own consulting business for those considering a similar career change.”

For further information, ‘phone Gill Cutting on 01904 432881 or email

Notes to Editors:

The York Management School at the University of York is one of the UK’s newest Management Schools. Our scholarly community is founded on research in specialist areas, designed to give our students a competitive edge and to inform business practice and public policy. The School combines its specialist focus with increasingly flexible and varied learning options. Currently the School is investing in new purpose built facilities based on the Heslington East campus, to be opened in October 2010 which will integrate teaching and learning with internationally renowned research and its dissemination to the business community.