Bradford University’s School of Management would like to invite all YABA members to our next online Knowledge Transfer Network Event on Monday 12th October from 6pm to 7.30pm, entitled: Building Bigger Businesses in the North – “From a Cellar in Bradford to the World”

Our guest speaker is Russell Bisset, Founder and Managing Director of Northern Monk. Wh9o will talk about the lessons learnt in growing his business.

Leeds-based Northern Monk brew, package and distribute their own range of craft beer and have tap room sites in Leeds and Manchester.  The story of Northern Monk started back in 2013 when a relative of Russell Bisset’s decided to sell their home and downsize, freeing up a small amount of equity which was shared equally between grandchildren. Russell decided he wanted to use his £5,000 to bring his idea of Northern Monk to life.

The business attracted investment within the first 3 months, and in 2014, Northern Monk was truly born. Today, Northern Monk employ a team of over 70 dedicated people that share a passion for producing quality craft beer and are rated as one the top 100 breweries in the world. After receiving three-star accreditation by @bestcompanies in 2019, they have also been recognised as being in the top 50 of the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2020.

To register for this free event please go to:


Bradford Doctoral Training Cooperative

The University of Bradford is seeking to develop a pioneering Bradford Doctoral Training Cooperative with a consortium of employers across the region.

Doctoral (PhD) qualified workers are natural problem solvers. The skills needed to complete a PhD are directly transferrable to delivering standout experiences for your clients, end-users and/or customers. We’ve seen our PhD post-graduates positively affect employers in our region, increasing productivity through research and innovation leadership and their advanced capacities for problem-solving, creativity and communication.

The University of Bradford is dedicated to developing more PhD-qualified people to benefit our region’s economy and communities, while increasing the engagement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and BAME heritage. We want to challenge negative assumptions about the employability of PhD graduates in “real world” organisations. We want to raise the bar in applying knowledge for building wealth across private, public and voluntary sector organisations. The Bradford Doctoral Training Cooperative will realise this ambitious vision for employers in the region that we all call home.

Here at the University we want to launch this innovative funding model to grow PhD research with the engagement of regional employers. If this is potentially of interest for you, please take 10-15 minutes to read the brief description of this model and answer the compatibility survey at  to help us understand how best to position this pioneering scheme for your organisational culture.