ARU Peterborough shows that it means business

Published: 14 September 2022 at 12:00

Photo of the front of ARU Peterborough

New university to help 300 small businesses grow through enterprise training

ARU Peterborough is helping 300 of Britain’s small businesses think big by providing expert advice as part of the new Small & Mighty Enterprise programme.

Launched and delivered by Small Business Britain, the country’s leading champion of small businesses, the new programme aims to supercharge some of Britain’s 5.3 million sole traders and micro businesses.

ARU Peterborough experts including Assistant Principal Dr Tom Williamson, Karl Ballard, who is responsible for ARU Peterborough’s BSc Accounting and Finance course, and Parminder Summon, Senior Lecturer on the BSc Business and Management course, are providing advice on small business strategy, covering businesses models, innovation and future opportunities, as well as financial planning and growth, and resilience and crisis management.

As well as expert guidance, the Small & Mighty Enterprise programme offers peer to peer support and mentoring over a six-week period. Each business on the programme also has access to a supportive network of small businesses to share questions, challenges and solutions, and receive guidance to create an action plan to support their next year of opportunity.

Dr Tom Williamson, Assistant Principal of ARU Peterborough, said:

“Although we’re busy preparing to welcome our first students this month, ARU Peterborough is already open for business. 
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Britain’s economy and we’re delighting to be working with Small Business Britain and providing expert advice to 300 SMEs through the fantastic Small and Mighty Enterprise programme.”

ARU Peterborough is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and Peterborough City Council.

Places are available to study at ARU Peterborough, starting this month. In addition, a significant number of courses begin in January 2023. For more information, visit