BusinessWorks places De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students with specialist knowledge into small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) where they can showcase their abilities and benefit Leicester.

Working with around 40 local charities, sports clubs and other firms, #DMUlocal has seen more than 100 students engage with real-life challenges.

As a result these firms have benefited from a variety of improvements such as enhanced strategic planning, human resource management, marketing and efficiency measures.

So far BusinessWorks has:

  • Increased the annual turnover of various sports clubs in Leicester
  • Helped various SMEs expand thanks to effective marketing campaigns and increased revenues
  • Helped local football clubs, through a partnership with Leicestershire FA

BusinessWorks also boosts students’ employability by providing them with crucial skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem-solving.

The project is made up of groups of five to six students, who work with an allocated SME for a 12-week period, researching and working on solutions to an identified problem.

After this period, groups make a presentation to the SME, at which point they may be asked to implement their findings.

Along with the chance to experience a real workplace, every student is enrolled in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project management course, giving participants something that will stand out on their graduate CV.

If you think DMU students could provide free support for your business, email

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