London South Bank University - Building enterprise skills (Highly Commended)

London South Bank University - Building enterprise skills (Highly Commended)

Thu 21 September 2017

The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation was opened by London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2013. The Centre is housed in 17 grade 2 listed Georgian terrace houses and the former Duke of Clarence public house which first opened in the 1820s. Before the Centre opened, these buildings were in a state of disrepair and created a visible barrier between the University and local community. Through the creation of the Centre, the University has renovated these important local landmarks, whilst also creating a new, open gateway to the University campus, demonstrating the University’s commitment to the physical and economic regeneration of the its locality. Buildings have been brought back into use; the public realm has been improved and a home for enterprise and entrepreneurship has been created.

The Centre brings together University staff, businesses, students and graduates, co-locating entrepreneurs at different stages of their journey in a vibrant entrepreneurial community. Much of the Centre is open to the public, including a café, reception and gallery, providing a space for interaction and reflecting LSBU’s corporate goal of being an Enterprising University.

Furthermore, the Centre provides affordable office accommodation for start-ups and SMEs, who are an integral part of our enterprise and innovation ecosystem.  This supports the University’s commitment to supporting students to develop their enterprise skills through interaction with our local SME community.

The creation and continued development of the Clarence Centre demonstrates LSBU’s commitment to embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship into the ethos of the institution and the local community.  There is a strong institutional commitment to support this activity for the long term.