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The Business Clinic

The Business Clinic is an education scheme whereby a group of business students participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our clients. The service is offered for all types of businesses from SME’s, multi-national and through to not for profit organisations.  Highly acclaimed by clients as successful, as students get to the root of the problem, and results in a detailed report and presentation of their recommendations.

Consultancy advice is offered to clients by both our final year undergraduate and master’s students. The consultancy firms are supported by a team of experts from Newcastle Business School to assist with successful outcomes. If your organisation needs free of charge consultancy advice, with a business problem, please get in touch to discuss your needs further. 

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Areas of consultancy

The Business Clinic is offered on a range of business programmes as students elect the module in replace of the traditional dissertation. In their final year of study, students offer clients a full consultancy experience, after initially scoping the project clients can expect students in groups of three/four to get hands on and tackle the organisations problem.  In most case this would include, visiting the organisation, communicating with clients their progress, conducting primary or secondary research on behalf of the client and finally making recommendations in form of report and presentation.

Consultancy advice so far, has covered the following areas:

  • Feasibility studies on strategic decisions or expansion
  • Human resource audit and recommendations
  • Accountancy audit and recommendations
  • Logistical review and recommendations
  • Strategic operational audit and reviews
  • Review of IT systems and recommendations
  • Strategic marketing reviews
  • Brand audits and reviews
  • Digital marketing and social media audits.

Consultancy advice has gone through a range of business sizes, covering the following:

  • SMEs
  • Multi-national organisations
  • Charitable  organisations
  • Educational trust / organisations
  • Social Enterprises.

If your organisation needs free of charge consultancy advice, with a business problem, please get in touch to discuss your needs further. 

Examples of recent consultancy

Natural Elements provided a brief to students to reviewing the brand and couldn’t be more complimentary of the outcome as Jaz Loyal, MD of Natural Elements, said “I couldn’t ask for anything more from the students, they dealt with it with so much passion and intensity as professional marketing company and I would certainly recommend this process.”  Hear Jaz talk about the Business Clinic with following video.

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The Dyspraxia Foundation designed a brief to raise awareness of the dyspraxia in the work environment, after conducting primary research students identify the importance of workshops in overcoming the problem.  Elaine Tinker, Volunteer Co-ordinator, comments summarise the project’s success, “I think if we were employing a professional company I wouldn’t of received anything better, I am absolutely thrilled with what they did.” Hear Elaine talk about the Business Clinic, benefit the Dyspraxia Foundation, with following video.

The Business Clinic - Dyspraxia Foundation Case Study from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

If your organisation needs free of charge consultancy advice, with a business problem, please get in touch to discuss your needs further

Expectations of working together

The aim of each project is to undertake research and make recommendations to your organisation which will benefit the organisation in terms of providing a resource.  In order to do so clients are expected to work with the university and their student consultancy firm in the following ways:

  • Agreeing the consultancy brief.
  • Provide the required support / information to enable the students to complete the project. If feasible, students will visit the premises of the organisation.
  • Contact; this will involve an initial meeting with tutors to draft an initial brief, first meeting with students at the University premises or through video conferencing, telephone / email communications throughout the project and be available to attend at the University premises for the presentation of the Consultancy Report.  Some projects due to their character may require more regular contact.
  • Being involved in the marking of the consultancy report / presentation.
  • The level of confidentiality / commercial sensitivity will be established and appropriate measures will be put in place.
  • Depending on the size, complexity and timeline the project may be more appropriate for undergraduate or master’s students.
  • All businesses will be interviewed or vetted to check the appropriateness of the project and suitability  of the organisation for the University and students to work upon. Criteria for appropriateness will be made by Universities personnel at a senior level.

The Business Clinic will support the student consultancy firms and individuals, providing appropriate guidance, mainly through regular workshops / supervision and giving feedback when necessary.  The Business Clinic endeavours for the student consultancy firms to produce consultancy reports and presentations to the highest of standards. 

If your organisation needs free of charge consultancy advice, with a business problem, please get in touch to discuss your needs further. 

Our Clients

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Contact Us

If your organisation requires consultancy advice with a problem or want to expand and grow, the Business Clinic at Newcastle Business School would be delighted to hear from you.

Please email us in the first instance, stating your interest at alternatively complete the contact form below:


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