Could you benefit from postgraduate projects?

‘Almost a fifth of SMEs in the West Midlands do not have a business plan in place, according to a new study.

Close Brothers Asset Finance said its research had shown that of those firms that admitted they did not have a plan in place, the majority (60%) said they did not believe it was necessary. In addition, almost a third said they preferred to keep plans in their head, while a further 10% claimed they did not have the time to create one.’  This is where Graduate Advantage can help!

Over 100 businesses have benefitted from postgraduate projects this year. Could your business be the next? Graduate Advantage is pioneering a new 4 week consultancy service offering businesses the chance to access 80 hours of postgraduate consultancy for just £350 with our £1000 cash incentive*.

HR101 HR and Training consultancy, employed** Cinzia Cecchetto, a skilled, motivated and strategic thinking postgraduate on a short term consultancy project. The niche consultancy project lead the drive for HR101 to increase its marketing reach and online presence. Throughout the project Cinzia was based in our dedicated ‘Hot Desk Hub’, within the Graduate Advantage offices at Aston University, which provided a great place for her to enjoy an office environment as well as produce quality work.

Diane Pagett and Steph Curnock, at HR101, are now based in The Big Peg in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter. “We were really delighted with access to the Hot Desk Hub for our Intern, as expanding our skill set and our team was essential for our consultancy business to grow. With the help of the Graduate Advantage team, additional space and a great intern we have been able to execute our marketing strategy and grow our business.”

If you are reading this, and you are an SME in the West Midlands, you too could benefit from 80 hours of postgraduate consultancy. Even better, the intern will have full access to the ‘Hot Desk Hub’. Graduate Advantage provides a free recruitment service to link your business with skilled, motivated and work ready project consultants. They also distribute bursaries of up to £1000* to support your paid consultancy project.

For more information contact Katie Fulcher on 0121 204 4066 or email


*Based on a recruiter employing a postgraduate consultant through Graduate Advantage for a value of £1345 and on completion of paper work and payment evidence by 11th September 2015.

**Please Note: Cinzia Cecchetto is employed and paid by HR101 and works from Graduate Advantage Hot Desk Hub two days per week. HR101 is responsible for Cinzia’s line management, monitoring and liability while she is working for them at the Hot Desk Hub.