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Global Partnerships - examples of international projects

Working in global partnerships with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), universities and other organisations, Salford Business School advances business management education through the following international projects:

Enterprise Cultural Heritage

Enterprise Cultural Heritage examined the opportunities for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to "innovate through heritage". Enterprise Cultural Heritage (ECH) is used to describe your organisation’s history and its creations, which have the potential to uniquely innovate and differentiate your products and services. The project developed free online training material in heritage management, brand management, change management and intellectual property rights (IPR) management. Although the original focus of this project was on the craft sector targeting organisations such as jewellers and bakers, the project team identified a number of other beneficiaries from other sectors such as hospitality and plastics manufacturing. Project partners were from Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy and the UK.

This project was made possible with the support from European Commission through Leonardo da Vinci Life Long Learning programme.


ELIE - Employability: Learning through International Entrepreneurship worked with successful immigrant entrepreneurs to explore the actual experience of entrepreneurs operating in cultural settings different from those they originate in. Key features of their success were identified and used to develop a new set of teaching and learning tools suitable for delivery in formal and informal settings to students and SMEs. The project emphasises the link between studies and future skill and employment needs giving SMEs the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurship and creative thinking. The partners in the project are universities and enterprise organisations from Greece, Finland, Poland and the UK.

ELIE has been funded by European Union Erasmus Scheme Lifelong Learning Programme.


The INNOPOLIS (Innovation Policy in University City Regions) project worked to identify regional best policy practices in the field of knowledge exchange between universities and enterprises. The project focused on university city-regions, defined as localities with at least three multi-departmental universities and at least 60,000 students in Greece, Poland, Finland and UK.

The activities of the project took place in four, diverse university city-regions: Helsinki, Lodz, Manchester and Thessaloniki and included an audit of best policy practices in the field of knowledge exchange, study visits, workshops, seminars and development of learning tools: collection of case studies in the field of best policy practice and a guide to policy simulation.

The project was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and made possible by the INTERREG IVC programme.

Passport to Trade 2.0 (P2T2.0)

P2T2.0 project will share the business culture knowledge of the previously successful Passport to Trade Project (which researched, analysed and developed European guides to business culture material for 25 EU countries). This new needs analysis and its subsequent framework for the development of material will then be transferred to the six new countries that have not been included on the web site. These are Bulgaria, Romania, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Turkey.

This project also adds new topics of "student placements" and "social media etiquette for business". The partnership includes universities and SMEs from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Finland, Romania and the UK.

The project was funded by Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project, under Life Long Learning Programme.

For further information on any of the above projects please contact Elena Vasilieva – European Projects Manager at Salford Business School – E.Vasilieva@salford.ac.uk