Students offer free support to small businesses, social enterprises and charities in London

Small businesses, social enterprises and charities can receive bespoke, free support from London Met, with entrepreneurial students offering their skills in a wide range of areas.

Date: 15 September 2021

Companies, social enterprises, sole traders, and start-ups can apply to have London Met’s dedicated and entrepreneurial students work for their organisation through a project or placement, under the supervision of qualified academic experts.  London Met is the only university in the country to have a Charities and Social Enterprise Clinic run by students from across the University and both clinics will offer support to help organisations in a number of different areas, primarily:

  • Business, Marketing, and Management 
  • Food Science and Food Start-ups 
  • Data Analytics and Digital Media 
  • Strategic planning
  • Community engagement and development
  • Trustee board development and membership
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Research collaboration
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Volunteering
  • Food Safety
  • Art/architecture projects

One London Met student, Mia Whatnell undertook a placement with venture capital and private equity firm Coniston Peak as part of this service. Managing Director of the firm Alex Glasner said:We were incredibly lucky to make use of London Met’s placement scheme. Mia – who interned with us in her final term of university – was a real asset to the firm. She got up to speed quickly and was a key member of the Coniston Peak team. We were sad to see her leave.

“As a small business, this scheme was exceptionally helpful for us, allowing us the chance to carry out our work and give Mia (we hope) a great experience at the same time. We are looking forward to working with London Met again.”

Sarrah Haid has similarly benefitted from the programme through her social enterprise, Better Safer Communities. She said: “My experience of working with London Met has been amazing, there is something unique and special about it. They seem to have the right way of responding to the needs and voices of the community settings, they are instilled with the sense of collaboration and desire to make a social change.

 "We have placed over 200 students with over 60 enterprises and these wonderful students have offered their technical skills to produce videos on law, mental health, cultural, dance and humanitarian aid. They have also developed websites, blogs, newsletters, flyers, posters, and research both on UK and International platforms.”

Both clinics provide organisations with free access to the expertise of our students and academic tutors, while also offering the University’s dedicated and entrepreneurial students exposure to working on real-life projects, to gain valuable experience to benefit them in their futures.

Interested small businesses, social enterprises and charities can apply here, to discuss project requirements, agree a time-scale, working practices and project outcomes. 

Find out more about our new Small Business Clinic, and our Charities and Social Enterprise Clinic.