Approaching the end of your research and interested in establishing a new business in the UK? Concerned about visa and cultural obstacles?

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If you’re a non-EEA student or graduate about to complete your studies and interested in an entrepreneurial future, then understanding the business culture of your host country and overcoming visa restrictions are likely to be early obstacles to success. Business etiquette in one culture may be seen as unethical and unworkable in another. A recent article on business meetings in the UK is worth reading if you want to know more about the idiosyncrasies of our business culture. It reminded me how easy it is to assume that we all work in the same way. Many international entrepreneurs are currently working to develop a set of “hypernorms” or business etiquette that every culture can live, work and grow by. Perhaps, you’ve already got ideas of what you’d like to see included?

Newcastle University recognises the uniC&Vque challenges faced by its international students and graduates when building a successful business in the UK. In line with the firm commitment of the University to entrepreneurial development, a new programme of support has been developed for students about to complete their studies or research. Rise Up INTENT (International Entrepreneurs) is a pioneering programme of interactive workshops on how to start, sustain and grow a successful business in the UK including insights into ‘business basics’ of market research, financial literacy, marketing and business etiquette. Whether it’s as simple as appropriate body language or how to conduct successful negotiations, understanding the business culture of your host country and that of your customers is vital for success. Yet it can be easy to overlook and so miss the opportunity to develop a competitive advantage. The programme is a unique opportunity for future business owners to consider both the cultural and commercial implications of starting a business in the North East of England.

One of the main aims of Rise Up INTENT is to offer entrepreneurial international students and graduates the opportunity to develop a credible business plan which they can then choose to take forward to the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa endorsement panel in November 2014. The University is an endorsing institution for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa which allows non-EEA graduates to start and run a business for 12 months under the supervision of the University.

Interested to know more? Read the workshop programme for further details. Check the endorsement criteria to ensure you meet the eligibility, then apply online by 5pm on Monday 29th September. The application process is open now.

Please note that the course will also run in June 2015 for those whose current visas expire in or around October 2015.




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