Thursday, November 27, 2014

News: Rotherham College students have designs on starting their own business

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A team of students from the business department at Rotherham College have won a Rotherham Youth Enterprise challenge, impressing judges with a sound business idea for selling T-shirts to fans of local unsigned bands that also raises money for charity.

Rotherham Youth Enterprise provides self-employment support and advice for young adults in the area. They encourage young people (up to the age of 30) to explore business ideas and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be their own boss.

The recent Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) saw the culmination of the "Doing the Biz Team Challenge 2014" with students aged between 16-19 studying Art & Design / Fashion, Business and Enterprise in Rotherham schools and colleges, tasked by Rotherham Youth Enterprise to design an image that can be printed on to a T-shirt, prepare a business plan that outlines their ideas for running a T-shirt design business and finally make a short presentation to a panel of judges from business and enterprise across Rotherham.

The Business Diploma Level 3 students made the final along with teams from Aston Academy School, Wales High School and Wath Comprehensive School who all won their internal heats to compete for a number of awards for the best business ideas at RiDO's Moorgate Crofts business centre.

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Adam Mozley, 18, and Saif Naeem, 16, from Sheffield, Dominic Borthwick, 18, from Worksop and Samuel Keeling, 17, from Rotherham decided to develop their idea using a local band called The Wired as their subject. As a part of the idea they had to nominate a charity that they would work with and proceeds from part of the business would be donated to them.

They competed in four categories. These were; best team presentation, best business plan, most sustainable business idea and overall challenge winners. The Rotherham College students won three out of the four including the overall winners.

Adam (pictured, second left) said: "Pitching like we did at the competition has given us experience of what it is like working in the business world. It's given us some real practical experience. We'd like to carry this on as a business."

As overall winners, the team were awarded gift vouchers and the backing to produce a first batch of their T-shirts.

Donna Hine, curriculum leader of business at Rotherham College, said: "The students were extremely motivated during the project and their success is a result of a positive attitude and commitment to develop their Business skills and knowledge. As a teaching team, we are very pleased with their positive approach to both their studies and enrichment activity and the success they have achieved to date – a well-deserved win!"

Rotherham College website
Rotherham Youth Enterprise website

Images: Rotherham College

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