Foundation Studies Learner Announce New Business Launch

Bury College Foundation Studies students capitalise on their employability skills to launch exciting new business.

Business Challenge students were delighted to introduce their new business ‘Shine’ to the staff and students of Bury College. Learners were tasked to set up and manage a successful business for the course of one college year. The initial set-up of the business included an introductory planning meeting where the name was agreed, calendar of events planned and admin work such as VAT, registration fees and shares organised.

Students invited peers and tutors to their launch event which involved a tombola and a Christmas gift stall where they sold their hand-made cards.. Throughout the year, the handmade gifts will be tailored to topical calendar dates such as Valentine’s Day, Fathers and Mother’s Day and Easter and will visit a range of high profile venues such as the Trafford Centre.

Foundation Studies tutor Elaine Hopwood believes the Business Challenge course will improve students confidence as well as gaining practical experience of running a business. Elaine said, “Today’s event was the launch of our students business which is part of young enterprise. So far the students have learned business skills, literacy, IT and numeracy skills, team-work.”

Former Elms Bank pupil, 20 year old Samee Suharwordy is enjoying the course and the opportunities available at Bury College. Samee said, “The business launch was really good and it is a great feeling to run our own business. My confidence has really increased.”

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