With hundreds of students entering through their doors every year, De Montfort University play a significant role in Leicester’s business community. Continuing their efforts in supporting regional business, they have been confirmed as category sponsors for this year’s Leicester Mercury Business Awards.
There are 14 fantastic awards up for grabs at the black-tie ceremony including the ‘Contribution to the Community’ award which recognises those businesses whose commercial activities have seen positive results for members of the local community. This year De Montfort University will be sponsoring the award and Professor Christos Kalantaridis, Deputy Dean of Business & Law and Head of Department for Strategic Management & Marketing at the university, discussed why they chose to sponsor this particular award.
“De Montfort University is honoured to be part of the Leicester Mercury Business Awards’ celebration of creativity and success. DMU is home to a flourishing culture of enterprise and innovation. Our academics work closely with business leaders to grow their businesses; entrepreneurial students are given support and mentoring to succeed.”
He continued: “The ‘Contribution to the Community’ award is one which resonates strongly with DMU’s ethos as a university committed to service and the public good. Our students and staff volunteer with schools and community projects in and around Leicester, so we know first-hand how rewarding helping and supporting others can be. The Leicester Mercury Business Awards 2018 gives us all a chance to recognise and applaud the achievements of businesses of all shapes and sizes.”
As category sponsors, it means the university is responsible for drawing up the list of finalists as well as deciding on the eventual winner at the ceremony which takes place on 12 April at the Maher Centre. Sponsoring the awards are not the only way that De Montfort University contribute to the region’s business community and Professor Kalantaridis explained what benefits they bring.
“DMU contributes to the region’s business community in a number of ways: we work with local businesses on a practical level, offering advice and tailored staff development programmes. Many of our graduates join the local economy working in Leicestershire or starting their own companies. We provide businesses with the opportunity to benefit from research and run free workshops and support aimed at entrepreneurs and solopreneurs.”
“Promotion of our city and region is a core component of DMU’s mission, and we firmly believe that universities such as De Montfort University will have a greater than ever role to play in regional economic development as a partner of business and government.”
Bringing together businesses of all sizes and from across a wide range of sectors, not only do the awards offer a chance to reward these companies for their fantastic work over the last 12 months, but they also raise much needed money for charity.