Welcome to Suffolk Business School’s Consultancy Service. Established in 2017, we engage with clients who are seeking guidance in respect of commercial, management or other organisational challenges.
For the past 20 years, Suffolk Business School has been sending groups of its MBA students to Boston (Massachusetts) to work on pro bono consultancy projects in partial fulfilment of their degree. Typically, these projects involve a US-based small or medium-sized business looking to expand into European markets. Without exception, our student-consultants have always performed admirably on these projects. This live practical experience benefits all those involved; the students earn live consultancy experience, while the company benefits from a detailed report prepared by the students. In 2017, Suffolk Business School decided to start brokering this service closer to home.
Our broader objectives
- To assist businesses and other organisations in the East Anglian region, and beyond;
- To showcase the talent cultivated at Suffolk Business School;
- To increase the commercial awareness of the University of Suffolk;
- To bolster relations with Suffolk Business School’s alumni network.
A selection of current projects
(2018) Lloyds Bank: Financing the third sector: Suffolk MBA student-consultant, Andre Neville, is currently leading arrangements for a large-scale event to be hosted here at the University. The event is intended to bring financial expertise to the large charities in the region.
(2018) Healthwatch Suffolk: Suffolk MBA student, Lee Matthews, is liaising with Healthwatch Suffolk to help streamline key aspects of their organisation.
(2018) BT: A Review of Customer Complaints Data. Collectively, we are currently in discussion with a large telecommunicatiions provider about how to assist in improving their handling of customer complaints.
(2018) I Can Run: Women’s Only Running Group: Suffolk MBA student-consultant and co-Founder, James Long, is providing mentoring guidance for this start-up venture.
(2018) ISCRE: The rebranding and development of Norwich Road: Suffolk MBA graduate, Anne-Marie Dias, is currently brokering arrangements between ISCRE and the University to assist in the development of Norwich Road.
(2018) ISCRE: Rural Legal Services. Suffolk MBA graduate, and co-Founder of the SBS Consultancy Service, Sandra Morrison, is currently in dialogue with ISCRE in terms of developing this outreach service.
A selection of completed projects
(2017) Luong Quoi Company: An European markets entry strategy (Massachusetts, United States). In partial fulfilment of their International Business Strategy module, a group of Suffolk MBA students delivered a comprehensive European markets entry strategy for this $50m turnover Vietnamese coconut products manufacturing company.
(2017) MSC Industrial Supply: A brand audit (Wednesbury, West Midlands). Two Suffolk MBA student-consultants delivered a comprehensive customer survey and brand audit for a West Midlands-based supplier of engineering and machine tools.
(2016) GSSI: A brand audit (New Hampshire, United States). In partial fulfilment of their International Business Strategy module, a group of Suffolk MBA students delivered a comprehensive brand audit for Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc.
Founder members and consultants:
Suffolk MBA Graduate-consultants:
Suffolk MBA Student-consultants:
Services we offer
- Brand strategies
- Brand audits
- Green strategies
- International market entry strategies
- International market expansion strategies
- Make-or-buy analyses
- Marketing strategies
- SEO strategies
- Staff motivation strategies
- Staff retention strategies
- Workflow pattern audits
How it works
Upon contacting the SBS Consultancy Service, we normally arrange a face-to-face meeting to discuss your requirements in more detail. We then seek to match your requirements to an appropriate student-consultant’s skillset. That individual will then contact you to arrange a more detailed discussion in which you will agree the timescales and other parameters relevant to your project. Upon completion of the project, you will receive a formal written report with our findings. All reports all reviewed by the Consultant lead, Dr Tom Vine.
A pro bono service
Our service operates on a pro bono basis. Upon completion of your project, clients are welcome to make a small donation to the University should they wish.
For initial enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org