Business Enterprise Certificate

Business Enterprise Certificate (BEC)


Are you interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship?

Would you like to run your own business one day?

Do you see yourself as a business leader in the future?

Are you interested in applying for the Tier 1 entrepreneur’s visa?

Would you like to take valuable business enterprise skills back to your home countries?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Business Enterprise Certificate is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain the skills you will need.

The University of Sunderland in London is looking for bright, enthusiastic students to join this exciting programme in which you will learn about all aspects of business and leadership from an industry expert. You will learn though practical experience: Writing your own business plan and pitching your ideas to external business leaders are core elements of the syllabus. The programme lasts for 12 weeks and will be delivered weekly in three hour sessions.




1.       Commercial Introduction

2.       Global Entrepreneurship

3.       Leadership Styles

4.       Corporate Functions

5.       Strategy and Objective Setting

6.       Writing a business Plan I



7.     Budgeting and Financials

8.     Case Study

9.     Research

10.   Writing a Business Plan II

11.   Business Development and Sales

12.   Pitch week


Who is running the programme?

The programme is run by Alistair Galloway, a company director who has a wide and varied career portfolio having reached the rank of captain in the British Army before embarking on a seven year city career in asset management. He is now the owner of two security and risk management consultancies. In addition, Alistair has also successfully run a military charity and is involved in the development of entrepreneurial hubs in diaspora communities in the UK.


Who can apply?

The programme is open to all students on all courses. Your visa must be valid for the duration of the course.  There is no cost to you.

All we ask is for your commitment, enthusiasm and some ideas from which to develop a small business. As this is a practical course in which you will learn through experience, you will need an idea from which to write your business plan. Don’t worry if this is not well developed at this stage; the course will help you learn the skills your need to further establish it.

How to Apply

Send a CV and covering letter to: by midnight on Monday 28th September.

Please outline why you wish to do the programme and explain any business ideas you have.

We will be running this programme again in early 2016, please look out for information on your Livecampus emails, Facebook, this website and posters around the university. 

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