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Educational partnership meets business in Bucks to launch Clare Business School

PUBLISHED: 22:34 09 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:13 20 February 2013

Educational partnership meets business in Bucks to launch Clare Business School

Educational partnership meets business in Bucks to launch Clare Business School

Bucks businesses are set to benefit from a new initiative, the Clare Business School, an entrepreneurial, educational and partnership hub.

Bucks businesses are set to benefit from a new initiative, the Clare Business School, an entrepreneurial, educational and partnership hub.

Developed with Mike Clare, one of Buckinghamshires most successful serial entrepreneurs, the new School was launched at the Clare Foundation in Saunderton, near Princes Risborough.

The Clare Business School will be delivered by Bucks New University in High Wycombe and Aylesbury College, along with schools across Buckinghamshire, through the Bucks Association of Secondary Heads (BASH). It aims to bring together businesses and students in a proactive, efficient and productive way to give students real experience within the business world, whilst simultaneously providing tailored solutions to local business needs.

This unique cross-sector education and business collaboration will be supported by many high profile organisations including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Hands of Wycombe, Jarvis Hotels, Dreams, Eden Shopping Centre, NatWest, Amazing Retreats and more.

More than 100 business leaders, educational figures and entrepreneurs attended the launch event, and speakers included Nick Hill, Technical & Sourcing Manager at Marks & Spencer; Helen Ryder, Recruitment and Development Manager at John Lewis in High Wycombe; and Paul Reilly, Chief Executive of quality furniture maker, Hands of Wycombe.

Mike Clare, Executive Chairman of Clarenco, will play an active role in the initiative as patron and said: I am delighted to lend my support to this initiative which is ground-breaking in its formation due to the unique integration of educational and local business.

Buckinghamshire is considered the entrepreneurial heart of Britain and the School aims to inspire and help managers and business leaders to develop solutions to deal with challenges within their business. I believe the Clare Business School will be a great success and I urge organisations to get in touch to see how we can help.

The educational partners of the Clare Business School will combine resources to support local businesses by giving access to:



  • Specialists in sales and marketing, finance, procurement and HR

  • Professionals that offer business solutions via consultancy and research as well as live projects undertaken by students

  • Knowledge transfer partnerships part-funded by government sources

  • Market research through specialists as well as live student projects

  • Business networking in the UK and overseas

  • State-of-the-art business facilities


The Clare Business School is the brainchild of Professor Chris Kemp, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean: Faculty of Design, Media & Management. Chris said: The strength of the educational collaboration that forms the School is unique and we can really help local businesses by providing them with sustainable solutions to their needs. Given the strong government focus on employability and driving forward UK business, this is exactly the right time to launch such an important initiative.

If you are interested in being a part of the Clare Business School initiative or would like to find out more, please contact Julie Catlow, Clare Business School administrator on 01494 522141 or email contact@clarebusinessschool.com.

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  • Sarah Newall, Director of External Relations at Aylesbury College

  • Prof Chris Kemp, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean: Faculty of Design, Media & Management, Bucks New University

  • Prof Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor of Bucks New University

  • Mike Clare, patron of the Clare Business School

  • Pete Rowe, Headteacher, Princes Risborough School



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