Business brains braced for battle

Published on 04/02/2020 by DTHACK

Industrious Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) students are getting ready for a series of gruelling business challenges as they bid to become Young Enterprise champions.

The Level 3 Business students are taking part in the Company Programme, learning entrepreneurial essentials in the classroom before putting themselves to the test first designing products and then bringing them to market.

Junk Jewellery is ‘saving the planet one earring at a time’ by recycling flotsam and jetsam from Blackpool’s beaches as stylish wearables.

And Eye Sensory is adapting iPad cases to support people with autism.

The Company Programme was introduced to B&FC students at the start of their studies in September.

Teams hosted trade fair stands at Manchester’s Trafford Centre to get product feedback from real customers - and Junk Jewellery students won the Best Product award.

The students will then take part in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch at the University of Central Lancashire in front of influential business leaders.

Invaluable insights received from that panel will help refine their products before they head to a Business Plan Showcase in April where they will compete for a place in the regional finals against other Richard Branson wannabes across a range of challenges including fast-paced interviews.

B&FC programme leader Sally Dixon praised students for their entrepreneurial enthusiasm. “Everyone knows that it’s a real challenge starting your own business,” she said.

“By having the chance to learn business basics while at college, and put them into action, students are learning essential lessons that will put them in great stead for future careers where many of the skills they have adopted will give them an edge over the competition.”

Pictured above: B&FC’s Junk Jewellery team includes, from left, Jake Fitzgerald, Harriet Scrivener, Olivia Forbes, Ben Waywell and Harry Leech.

The Eye Sensory team includes, from left, Denes Ballo, Ramiro Frandino, Caitlin Bell, Mia Hodkinson, Ellie-Brooke Amos, Ellie Emery-Crowder and Morgan Wagner.
The Eye Sensory team includes, from left, Denes Ballo, Ramiro Frandino, Caitlin Bell, Mia Hodkinson, Ellie-Brooke Amos, Ellie Emery-Crowder and Morgan Wagner.