KPMG launches partnership with University of Leeds

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by Rachael Hesno
Nexus

Advisory firm KPMG has launched a partnership with the University of Leeds in plans to bolster Yorkshire's economic growth.

The partnership will initially focus on entrepreneurship and the scale-up of high growth businesses through the university’s innovation hub, Nexus. 

KPMG and Nexus plan to work together on a number of new initiatives to support business growth and deliver impact across the regional economy.

As part of the plans, KPMG and Nexus will co-host and provide support to businesses in the incubation space, share best practice and hold events designed to drive innovation. 

The partnership plans to extend to the wider university and will include developing joint research projects and exploring learning and skills development opportunities for both students, businesses and KPMG colleagues.

Dr Martin Stow, Nexus Director, said: “Leeds City region is a great place for entrepreneurs to start up and scale an innovative business and the University of Leeds is proud to be an integral part of this ecosystem, alongside partners like KPMG. We’ve worked together with key organisations across the City to build a supportive network that inspires entrepreneurs to solve the biggest challenges facing our society today.”

Euan West, Office Senior Partner at KPMG in Leeds, said: “The University of Leeds has an abundance of expertise and is home to a hive of innovative activity through their strong focus on research and innovation excellence. That’s why this partnership made so much sense to us and we want to harness our collective strengths to help support and grow innovative businesses in Yorkshire.

“This is an exciting example of collaboration in Leeds to bring new value to business in our recovering economy. Through this partnership we will be accessing talent and expertise to support growth in our local economy and community.

KPMG plans to launch a series of strategic partnerships with universities across the UK and has also announced a partnership with the University of Nottingham.

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