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Charlotte graduated with a 1st Class BA(Hons) Business Management and Finance degree from the Suffolk Business School.
Job title, and organisation: Project Co-ordinator at Adnams plc
What will you be doing in the role?
The main responsibility of my role is to ensure that the project is running smoothly – this includes tracking the budget, managing the project calendar and Kanban board, and maintaining all project documentation. I am also responsible for all project communications.
How has your degree prepared you for the role?
My BA(Hons) Business Management and Finance degree gave me the financial knowledge I need for my day-to-day tasks, as well as giving me the confidence to involve myself in discussions and question current ideas and processes. Communication is an incredibly important part of my role, I did not realise at the time but writing my assignments really strengthened these skills. Moreover, before university, I would get so nervous giving presentations but now I love them!
What was your favourite experience of your course?
I really enjoyed all of my time at the University of Suffolk, and I have some fantastic memories. One of my favourite experiences was working on my dissertation. My supervisor was incredibly helpful and put me in contact with several local businesswomen. I was able to meet and interview some really inspiring women and attended a Suffolk Business Women event at Seckford Hall. It was an incredible experience I will never forget.
Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
As cliché as it sounds, hard work pays off.
But that doesn’t mean you have to hide away in books for the next three years. Stash up on snacks and work with your friends in the library – working together and bouncing ideas off each other really helps.
Go and see your lecturers if you’re struggling, they want you to do well too – they’re on the same team as you! They are also usually very passionate about their subject (once you get them talking, it’s hard to get them to stop) and they will make sure you’re on the right track.
And lastly, there will be times when it seems hard but getting your degree is such an amazing achievement – you will not regret it!
The University of Suffolk and the Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC), an award-winning community organisation, are partnering with the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star for the second Suffolk BME Business Awards.
The awards will be held on the evening of Wednesday 25 October at the University of Suffolk Waterfront Building, as part of the Suffolk Business School’s annual Suffolk Business Festival.
Boshor Ali, Chair of BSC, said, “BSC is delighted to be working with our partners to highlight the contribution of Suffolk’s BME businesses, which is much-needed in the current climate. Last year’s event was a great success and I am looking forward to celebrating again this year.”
Dr Will Thomas, Associate Professor at the Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk, said “We are pleased to be working with BSC again to recognise BME businesses and to acknowledge the contribution that they make to the local economy and to our local communities.”
Terry Hunt, Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, one of the sponsors of the Awards said “It’s a brilliant idea celebrating the often hidden contribution of the BME community in the county. Last year’s awards were a great start and now we can build on that. I am very much looking forward to it in October.”
Cllr Sarah Barber, Mayor of Ipswich, said “I think the awards are a great idea, small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and we need to encourage them from every community. I am particularly pleased there is a Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award so I am looking forward to seeing who wins that but I think there will be worthy winners in all the categories.”
Business of the Year
Businessperson of the Year
Startup/New Business of the Year
Community Business of the Year
Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
Charity of the Year
The final category will be a Judges Special Award.
To nominate a business or person for any of these categories please complete the online nomination form HERE.
Paper copies of the nomination form can be obtained from the Bangladeshi Support Centre or the University of Suffolk. Completed forms should be submitted to:
Bangladeshi Support Centre, 19 Tower Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BE
Nomination closing date: Saturday 30 September 2017.