The weather was with us, and we were able to enjoy the start to a fantastic evening outside, meeting and greeting the familiar and the new. It was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and associates, and make new contacts outside the normal ‘business networking’ event. Everyone was dressed to the nines in tuxedos and ballgowns, and the whole event had the air of celebration.
Suffolk Business School Honorary Graduate Karen Hester, Executive Director at Adnams, gave an inspiring and entertaining keynote speech, entitled ‘From Mop to Top’, extolling the virtues of organisations that nurture and develop their staff, encouraging them to reach their potential. Suffolk offers so many opportunities to such a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, and Karen’s was a fitting story to tell in the uncertain times we now face. Anyone can achieve great things – they just need the drive and opportunities to do so. It is an ethos that we at UCS promote county – and country – wide.
UCS was proud to present the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s event. Provost and Chief Executive Richard Lister presented the award to Paul Winter, CEO of Ipswich Building Society for his contribution to Ipswich and the surrounding area since he started working for Ipswich Building Society in 1982. Unfortunately, Paul was not able to join us all on the night, so Richard presented the award in a short video filmed last week.
Once the fourteen winners of the various awards were announced, it was time to wrap up the celebrations and head home. A full list of the winners can be found here.
Overall, it was an amazing night, celebrating the great talent and entrepreneurial spirit of Suffolk. UCS and the Suffolk Business School were proud to be a part of such a well established and prestigious event, and we all look forward to seeing what the year ahead has in store for businesses across the county. Thanks also to Trinity Park for hosting such a fantastic event.
We were excited to welcome a great range of organisations to UCS who were on hand of offer practical and helpful advice to students who are thinking about going freelance after graduation (or even during their studies). Ensors, Larking Gowen, Ashtons Legal, Eastern Enterprise Hub, Menta, and Browser Media were among those involved.
This event was the first of it’s kind at UCS. As Suzanne Nolan, Lecturer in Employment Development, said:
“Freelancing is a growing trend, so it makes sense that our students want to find out more about what could be a rewarding career choice for many of them. UCS students are serious about their futures, so we are glad to be able to offer them exactly the help and support they asked for in the student survey.”
PolicyBee worked with the Suffolk Business School at UCS to survey students about their opinions on becoming self-employed, and the support they wanted to receive at the Go Solo event. They found that 75% of UCS students surveyed were interested in becoming self-employed in the future. Nearly 90% of UCS students wanted the opportunity to speak with people who are self-employed, and over 85% of students wanted advice on the legal requirements involved in setting up their own business.
Working alongside PolicyBee and UCS to help organise and facilitate the event was Events Management student, Natasha Hook. Natasha is using the experience as part of her work-based learning module for her degree. Not only that, but she hopes the opportunities offered from the event will help with her ambitions to start her own business after graduation. Good luck Natasha!
We are pleased to announce that Conor Dale, a final year undergraduate student of our BA(Hons) Business Management programme, has secured a prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) training contract with Larking Gowen in Ipswich. Suffolk Business School prides itself on its ability to help create Business Ready Graduates. Conor’s success helps to illustrate our excellent employment/further study rate for our students after graduation, and the dedication of our lecturers in supporting the employability of our students.
Sophie Curle, Accounts Assistant at Larking Gowen, has expressed her company’s delight at this recruitment, and comments that:
We have attended numerous UCS events and found these to be a very helpful source of potential candidates. Larking Gowen can offer excellent long term opportunities within the competitive professional services sector and are keen to attract and retain the best local talent and support their career development in Suffolk.
Conor has also spoken of his enthusiasm and excitement at the opportunity, and thanks his course team and UCS for the support he has received:
During my time at UCS I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, and lecturers have made each module enjoyable in their own way. I received the support I needed at every stage of the application process to Larking Gowen from my tutor, Dr Atul Shah.
I chose a career in accounting because I enjoyed the accounting modules that I took immensely and excelled in them. These factors meant that it felt like the clear next step to pursue a career in accounting.
Dr Atul Shah, who has supported Conor in his application and interview, and in his finance modules at UCS, comments:
At UCS our approach is holistic – we want to help students get ignited from within, so that they make a great life career. And we support them in their career choice after graduation, not just leave them on their own when they graduate. We recognise that learning is not simply about facts and theories, but more importantly about motivation, meaning and purpose. Finance is a skill that every person needs to negotiate the complexities of modern life, and we help students build that knowledge with confidence.