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Lancaster University helps graduate entrepreneurs
Monday, 30 November 2009
Professional & financial services
A new scheme for former students at Lancaster University has been praised by skills minister Peter Mandelson for its achievements in helping graduates set up business enterprises.
Create, which is funded by the university's Research and Enterprise Services, has played a part in launching several successful businesses run by alumni hoping to escape the competitive graduate employment market.
According to the Lancaster Guardian, the initiative seems to be working - the latest Sunday Times University Guide ranked the institution first in the north for graduate job success and 13th nationally.
Lord Mandelson said: "I think entrepreneurship and employability skills should be a core part of every university's offer to their students - and approaches like this help."
Recent National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurs figures revealed that more degree-holders are setting up their own businesses this year, with 3,300 graduates signing up for information in the past six weeks.