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Local Business Week inspires money-making events

Business students used their skills and knowledge to organise money-making and charity events in College to support Local Business Week.

The start-up events included a car wash, waffle shack, ice cream shop, talent show, milkshake stall and a 7-a-side football match.

As well as the student-led events, high profile speaker, Dr Sarah Wood, also came in to College during the week, to talk to students about how she founded her video ad tech company, Unruly.

The Local Business Week events were organised by students on the BTEC Business courses as part of one of their assignments. They had to think of a money-making idea, market the event, design posters and then run it successfully.

Events included:

  • Car Wash – staff vehicles were washed, waxed and valeted in a professional manner after appointments had been booked with the students
  • The Ice Cream Lads – students set up a shop selling ice creams, lollies and water bottles at competitive prices
  • Eats ‘n’ Treats – tasty goodies were sold at the waffle shack where you could create your own waffle with toppings and sauces
  • Talent Show – staff and students could pay a small entry fee to watch their favourite acts perform on stage
  • Milkshake stall – A pound a milkshake, including banana, chocolate and strawberry flavours
  • 7-a-side football match where students could join in for a small fee, and a Project Cars game where the fastest lap won

Money was collected for Macmillan Cancer Support, the British Heart Foundation, St Francis Hospice and Cancer Research.

Continuing the business theme, Dr Sarah Wood OBE, who was voted Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year 2016 and Business Insider’s 3rd Coolest Woman in Tech, spoke to students about becoming their own boss and starting out in business.

Sarah ensures her company Unruly – one of the largest media and advertising companies in the UK - 'delivers the most awesome social video campaigns', as well as lecturing at Cambridge University on the online video culture and visiting schools and colleges as part of the Speakers for Schools programme.

The talk was perfect for students interested in careers in marketing, advertising, social media and for future entrepreneurs.