College Business Students Win National Challenge

Press Release

An enterprising group of Business students from Calderdale College has won an all-expenses paid trip to Bulgaria, to take part in the Young Enterprise International Skills@Work Challenge. They will be one of three teams to represent the UK at the finals in Sofia this month. The national challenge involved the five learners demonstrating their business acumen and putting their classroom teachings into practise when asked to submit a fully comprehensive business plan.

The group is one of Calderdale College’s Young Enterprise companies which has acquired business skills by running their own enterprise, Special Touch Accessories, producing and retailing cards, candles and jewellery. Leeds-based design and communications agency, Logistik, has mentored the students in a new partnership with the College, attending weekly board meetings and inviting the group into their own offices.

“We’re very excited to be going to the finals and proud to be representing the UK”, said Kirsty Cummings, 18, who is studying for her BTEC National Diploma in Business. “We’ve learned a lot from working with a successful company”.

Sharon Ward, Corporate Responsibility Manager for Logistik said “The Young Enterprise team really deserves this win – they’ve achieved a lot since starting the programme and with each visit we can see everyone settling into their assigned roles and a real team spirit developing. They’re so committed to their project that they’re even packing some equipment to carry on production whilst they’re away! Good luck to them in Bulgaria”.

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