Sixth Form students host Business Networking Event
An enterprising group of Business students from Bredon School’s Sixth Form organised a successful business networking event on 18 January which was attended by over 70 people and helped raise money for local charities.
The Bredon Business Networking Event attracted businesses from a wide range of fields including technology, property, law, agriculture, food, and retail. Companies displayed trade stands and banners promoting their products and services and were able to network with other guests whilst enjoying music, entertainment, and refreshments.
Some Bredon School pupils also used the event to promote their fledgling businesses: Alan in Year 11 promoted his brand design and now has a lead to follow up, and Jack in Year 13 had a stand to promote his photography service.
A group of seven entrepreneurial Sixth Form students spent four months planning and organising this event as part of their Year 13 Business Studies course. They drew on the knowledge they had learnt in the classroom and assigned different members of the team to oversee specific areas from accountancy and finance, sales and marketing and website management to event organisation, logistics, and entertainment.
One of the event organisers Sam Morton, who is also Head Boy at Bredon School, commented on behalf of the student team: “I think the event went well and we got lots of positive feedback. It has been an amazing experience working with a team and learning how to organise an event. I would recommend this opportunity to other students and hope the school will keep this event going in future years.”
Another one of the talented Bredon Business Networking team, Tim Metcalf, had this to say: “There were many points in the planning of our event where we were concerned about how many businesses would actually turn up, but when I was there on the night looking around the room at all the companies that had come along, I was filled with a powerful sense of achievement of what we had done.”
All proceeds raised through exhibitor and ticket sales was donated to two charities, Caring for Communities and People (CCP) and CLIC Sargent (Sam’s House). Both causes are close to the students’ hearts; Sam’s House was where a former Bredon Head Boy was treated after being diagnosed with cancer; CCP is a charity devoted to helping people in less fortunate circumstances and has helped one of our current Business students.
Mrs Thomas, Head of Business Studies at Bredon School commented: “This was the first event of its kind held at Bredon and the students have worked so hard over the last few months to make it a success. As well as their exposure to the business world. they have learnt a great deal about themselves, each other and how to pull together as a team. Many of the guests commented on how well organised, friendly and professional the event was. Organising and hosting this event has been a fabulous opportunity during which the students have developed skills to take with them to their future careers. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The event included talks from Tewkesbury Rotary Club, CCP and professional magician Bredon School alumnus, Angus Baskerville. Tewkesbury Marina, Gaudio Awards, Thomson & Bancks solicitors, CPW Daniell property consultants, Kellands and Western Arable were just some of the businesses that attended.