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#BU-03-75 Starting a Business Ⅱ: People and Networks

  • Categories Business
  • Duration 16h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update July 26, 2021

About Course

University of Leeds


A successful business relies heavily on people and networking. A good team and wider network are essential to success and growth. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise the people who can help you take your business forward in both formal and informal business networks.

This course is the second in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.


What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of people, teams and networks within business
  • Roles within a team
  • Methods to develop a team
  • Formal and informal business networks
  • How to build and expand a professional network
  • The business plan: identifying people, teams and networks



Who will you learn with?

Dr Sally Jones

Lecturer in Enterprise at Leeds Enterpise Centre. I really enjoy helping people to develop their ideas and their confidence to take the first steps towards starting a business.



Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

What Will I Learn?

  • Assess the importance of people, teams and networks for business success.
  • Identify the eight types of team roles.
  • Explore the five stages of team development.
  • Discuss the entrepreneur’s business challenge: Which option should Nick select to build a high performing team?
  • Identify people and networks in a business plan.
  • Identify what skills are required.
  • Explore how you will develop your networks.

Topics for this course

8 Lessons16h


You’ll explore the importance people and networks when starting a business. But before you get started, take the time to meet your fellow learners and share your reasons for joining the course.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE

The importance of people in business?

This activity introduces you to the importance of people, teams and networks when starting a business. You’ll spend time researching great teams and networks, and finding out what it is that makes them successful.

Nick’s business challenge?

In this activity, Nick shares his business challenge. You’ll listen to a team of business advisers and then have the opportunity to discuss with other learners the direction Nick should take.


To close this week we would like to introduce you to some of the options for studying at the University of Leeds.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university. Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.
  • The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.
  • Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.