A successful new venture organised by the Careers & Employability Service, MMU International and Manchester Investment Development Agency Service (MIDAS), saw Chinese and Hong Kong students from MMU, Manchester and Salford universities take part in an afternoon of entrepreneurial advice.

The seminar aimed to assist international students in setting up their own business or investing in the UK – particularly in Manchester – after graduation, through providing them with free legal, accounting and business advice.

Over 65 students took part in the event which saw presentations from

• Li Hsia representing MIDAS
• Fei Yang representing ZLWD Solicitors
• Simon Li representing SL Accountancy Solutions Ltd

The presenters also provided free consultations to the students and arranged to send information to those who attended in a variety of languages, so that students could share the information with their families in their home countries.

Hazel Doyle, Careers & Employability Adviser said
“The seminar provided detailed practical information on investing and setting up business in the UK; this is a new option that is open to our international students that many do not yet explore.”
Rebecca Bradley, Immigration and Welfare Assistant, added:

“The workshop was very informative, providing Chinese and Hong Kong nationals with a wealth of advice and information on how to set up a UK-based business.  With students attending from MMU and other north-west universities this was also a great networking event for all attendees.”

It is hoped that the seminar will be repeated in future years, with MMU staff planning other events to enable international students and employers to meet.

MMU Careers & Employability Service
MMU International