Helping to build mutually beneficial partnerships by connecting academics and universities with small business owners.

We all know that West Yorkshire has some great universities. What is less well known is that they are not just academic institutions but also offer a range of business support services. Universities want to help small businesses with research, innovation, training, funding and more.

Our aim is to help build mutually beneficial partnerships by connecting academics and universities with small business owners.

Join us for the next meeting of our FSB West Yorkshire Academia-Industry Network. This is part of a series of regular monthly networking and learning events hosted by FSB volunteers. This event will be hosted by Small Business Owner and FSB Member, Audrey Zannese. 

This event will feature Small business owner, Anna Brewin. Anna is an IP Trainer, Designer and Entrepreneur trading as Amanya IP and Amanya Design. She will be joined by James Warrender, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Enterprise at Leeds Conservatoire. 

Host - Audrey Zannese 

Industry Speaker - Anna Brewin

Academic Speaker - James Warrender 


  • Brief introduction (5 mins)
  • Industry Presentation (10 mins)
  • Academic Presentation (10 mins)
  • Q&A Panel Discussion (10 mins)
  • Networking Sessions (2 x 7 mins)
  • Closing Words (5 mins)

Industry Presentation - Anna's talk will be focused on 'An Introduction to Intellectual Property in the Marketplace'

Academic Presentation - James's talk will be focused on ‘Creatives Across Sector’

There will also be the chance to raise the profile of your business and make valuable links with people from Universities across West Yorkshire and other business owners.

​​​​​To enable FSB to deliver a high level of customer service at our events, and to tailor the content where appropriate, we will share your full name and business name with the host of the event you have registered to attend. The event hosts are representatives of FSB who irretrievably delete your details following the event.  Should you not consent your full name and business name being shared with the event host, please contact [email protected] within three working days of the event taking place, with details of the event.

Event contact

Your Zoom joining link will be sent in your confirmation email so do not discard this. The link can also be found in the 'My Events' section on the FSB website. For help and support regarding this event, please telephone our dedicated events helpline 01253 336028 or email [email protected]  

Further information

  • To help ensure things run smoothly, please refer to our Events terms and conditions here.
  • We want all attendees to feel welcome - please read our statement on Diversity and inclusion here.
  • Joining our virtual networking for the first time? Find out more about FSB virtual events and a quick guide to getting started here.

This is one of many FSB events run across the UK, find out more here. Follow FSB West Yorkshire on Facebook for all our latest local events and updates and be sure to follow @FSBWestYorks on X for regular information to support your business.