Students on the BA (Hons) Business course at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) recently enjoyed a guest lecture from David Thorpe; Development Manager at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The FSB are ‘experts in business, and offer members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. The FSB’s mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Currently first year BA (Hons) Business students are looking at the impact of the business environment on Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), and how to access business support as part of their Business Fundamentals module.

David’s lecture was therefore a great opportunity for the students to gain a deeper insight into what the FSB can do to support businesses, and furthermore; the structure and composition of organisations operating in the UK economy.

Becky Goodman, Module Leader on the BA Business course, explained why guest lectures form an essential part of the course:

“Guest lectures are a great way for students to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of business and work, especially with regard to specialist areas such as business support.”

All BGU students have access to Business and Enterprise support and guidance through engaging with the onsite Business and Enterprise Centre; BG Futures. Learners who wish to develop a business or enterprise idea should email to arrange an appointment.

If you would like to work with the students at BGU to share your knowledge and expertise then please do contact the BG Futures Careers, Employability and Enterprise team by emailing

For more information on our innovative business courses and how you can join one visit our website.

14th December 2018

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