by 400 businesses within the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, the aim of WeAreWaterloo is to improve the area around Waterloo Station as a place in
which to work, visit and run a business. As a member of the BID, LSBU has
transformed the lives of South Londoners and supported the local area through
business partnerships, job creation and start-up support.
the last year, the REI team led by Gurpreet, and based at the award-winning
Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation has created 89 jobs in the local
community via tenants and our Investment Escalator
Programme. The department also runs free business support initiatives for local
businesses, such as the Momentum
accelerator programme and the Business Solutions Centre, a drop-in business advice service staffed by students.
Gurpreet Jagpal said:
"This is a great opportunity to build on the role that LSBU already had
within WeAreWaterloo to continue to contribute to, and develop, enterprise opportunities
between the University and our local business community. I share the board’s
commitment to enhancing our local environment and will strive to connect with
and share LSBU initiatives with other businesses within the BID.”
BID is currently leading on a new incubator space for architects and others in the
built environment sector which will form close links with students and
academics at LSBU. Build Studios is a
purpose built co-working, hot-desking and events space on Westminster Bridge Road,
opening in in December 2016.
are also involved with some of LSBU’s enterprise programmes for students and
graduates, led by the Student Enterprise team. At Business Solutions Bootcamp, LSBU students presented
their ideas for increasing weekend footfall around the Lower Marsh Market area
to a team from the BID.