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Communicating business knowledge

08 May 2009

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A pioneering centre committed to improving access to the latest information on management and leadership to business people across Wales has opened at Cardiff Business School.

The Centre for Excellence for Leadership and Management Skills in Wales is a £2.29 million project, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. Cardiff Business School is leading the consortium and working in collaboration with Glyndwr University and Tattum Guest Associates Ltd.

Centre Director, Gary Walpole of Cardiff Business School, explains: "Within the universities in the UK there is a vast amount of knowledge which could have a positive, practical implication for businesses. Previously, accessing this information has not been easy for busy business people who do not have the time to trawl resources.

"The new Centre will help to communicate this knowledge to the business audiences by providing a resource for information and services open to the business community within Wales. Web resources will provide interactive online content whilst regional events will provide face-to-face interaction.

"We will be providing practical frameworks, case studies and research that will encourage businesses to think around how they can increase their efficiency and effectiveness."

Deputy Minister for Skills John Griffiths said: "The performance of managers and leaders is one of the most important factors to unlock potential across organisations and to boost productivity".

"Our pivotal skills and employment strategy, Skills that Work for Wales, highlights the importance of improving skills at all levels in order to sustain and grow our economy.

"The creation of this Centre for Excellence for Leadership and Management Skills in Wales underlines the priority being given by the Welsh Assembly Government to this key factor influencing economic performance."

The Centre will have offices both in Cardiff and in Glyndwr University. Network Development Officers will ensure the project’s operation across the whole of Wales.

Dr Rhys Rowland Jones, Head of the School of Business at Glyndwr University, said, "There has never been a more crucial time for universities to take an active role in sharing information and knowledge which can help support the success and growth of businesses."

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