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12 July 2011 | PR 11/86

Loughborough University and imago launch joint venture at Corporate Games

Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics and imago are joining forces to deliver bespoke business courses.

Training industry experts predict that, while spending on training may increase in 2011, organisations will be looking for quick, innovative solutions that offer maximum return on investment for minimum disruption.

Loughborough’s plans to run one to two day courses should therefore appeal to the growing market for short tailored training programmes with the use of state-of-the-art facilities at Holywell Park and Burleigh Court seen as an added draw.

“This new initiative, in partnership with the School of Business and Economics is an exciting prospect which we believe will provide a unique service to our clients,” said Emma Boynton, Head of Sales and Marketing for imago, Loughborough University’s conferencing and events specialists.  “These bespoke training courses combine the wealth of experience and skills of Loughborough University with our high quality conference facilities.  This is also another way for imago to forge even closer ties to the University and its outstanding academic reputation.”

The range of programmes available will run from marketing strategy planning and project management through to leadership, coaching and team development, areas that will appeal equally to individuals seeking professional development, small and medium enterprises and large scale businesses. 

It is hoped that launching the venture during the 2011 Corporate Games will attract the attention of representatives from over 100 public and private sector organisations taking part.

The games run from 14 July 2011 to 17 July 2011 and will bring 5000 participants to Loughborough University campus, the venue for this year’s event.

Professor Jim Saker, Associate Dean for Enterprise at the School of Business and Economics, said: “In the current climate businesses understand that well-trained, well-motivated employees are more important than ever.  But they’re looking for ways of delivering training and development that are cost effective and have added value.  At the School of Business and Economics we can design programmes that are tailored to fit the needs of organisations and draw on expertise from across the University.”

Innovative training solutions could even include programmes linking business coaching skills with lessons learned from sport, drawing on the University’s long-standing association with athletic achievement, and delivered by top sports people.   

Professor Saker added: “By working in conjunction with imago we’re also offering people access to some of the best facilities available in two of the UK’s leading conference centres.”
For more information about the bespoke training offered by imago and the School of Business and Economics contact Ruth Cufflin on 01509 223144.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Jon Duckworth
Marketing Assistant
School of Business & Economics
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228849
E:J.R.Duckworth@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

  2. Launched in 2003, imago is based at Loughborough University and offers outstanding meeting and conference venues, four star accommodations and catering and sport and leisure facilities.  It is comprised of four award-winning locations: Burleigh Court 4 star Conference Centre and Hotel, Holywell Park Dedicated Conference Centre, Loughborough Campus Conference and Sports Venue and the Link Hotel.

    Burleigh Court picked up the Gold award for Best UK Conference Centre and the Silver for Best Conference and Banqueting Staff at the Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) Awards in February 2010.  In addition the venue received a Gold for “Excellent Social Responsibility” in the Hotel Excellence Awards 2010.  Holywell Park won “Gold” for meeting and event customer service in the VenueVerdict Standard awards.

  3. Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics is one of the Top 10 business schools in the UK, ranked 5th in the UK for Accounting and Finance and 7th for Business Studies in The Times 2012 Good University Guide, 2nd for Finance and Accounting and joint 2nd for Management in the most recent Sunday Times rankings, and receiving top-ten placings in both The Independent and The Guardian this year.

  4. The 18th UK Corporate Games 2011 will be held at Loughborough University on the 14-17 July, 2011. The annual multisport festival provides the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism. It will attract over 5000 participants from over 100 different organisations as they compete in up to 22 different sports in one weekend.
    For more information about the UK Corporate Games 2011, visit  www.corporate-games.com

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