What a week! We had a fantastic inaugural Suffolk Business Festival @ UCS last week, with two dozen different events and workshops, three business networking events, almost 200 students participating, and over 50 different business from across East Anglia in attendance.
We also officially launched our Graduate+ programme, a value-added achievement that students can attain through their extra-curricular activities while at University. Students document and reflect on their activity, to develop their self-confidence, self-efficacy, and self-esteem, helping to create more employable, business ready graduates.
We’ve already had great feedback from students and businesses alike on the Business Festival:
One student wrote:
I really enjoyed the lectures last week – they have really helped me put things into perspective and refreshed my writing skills!
Stephen Guy-Clarke, from Trident Vehicles Group said:
I live in Ipswich and have a keen interest in support for budding entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. What I experienced at the networking events was a good mix of students and business owners with well delivered highly relevant content. Not forgetting the obvious passion for developing business and confident rounded students displayed by all the UCS staff.
Special thanks go to our speakers: John Tingle, from the UKTI; Dr Atul Shah; John Lennon, from the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development; Kurt Janson, director of Tourism Alliance; Chanel Olding, from the Eastern Enterprise Hub; Josh Turner, founder of Start-up-Box; William Millar, from the New Anglia Growth Hub; Justin Grainger, from CrowdFundMe2; and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce for their support.
Also to our organisers and those who delivered workshops: Laura Locke, Will Thomas, Robert Price, Suzanne Nolan, Gwenda Palmer, John Arnett, and Mark Illman.
Here’s to another great event next year – #SBSFest16!
Live updates: #SBSFest15