Chester students set up its first Enterprise Society to boost the business brains of the future

Posted on 1st December 2011

A group of Business Management and Entrepreneurship students have formed Chester’s first student Enterprise Society to encourage other students to generate new ideas and ventures.

Caption: Front row: Jeska Harrison, Amanda Webb, Michael Williams, Gemma Skidmore. Back row: Steph Hooker, Natalie Brown (Vice President), William Mason (President), Mathew Findlay-Line, Ciaran Raymer (Vice President), Chris Beechey and Alyssa Ryder.
Caption: Front row: Jeska Harrison, Amanda Webb, Michael Williams, Gemma Skidmore. Back row: Steph Hooker, Natalie Brown (Vice President), William Mason (President), Mathew Findlay-Line, Ciaran Raymer (Vice President), Chris Beechey and Alyssa Ryder.

Led by William Mason, 19 from Clitheroe, as President and Natalie Brown, 18, from Manchester and Ciaran Raymer, 20, from South Africa as Vice-Presidents, the group is aiming to gain extra experience alongside their studies.

William said: “We have formed the society as an extra opportunity to bring out and develop skills such as pitching, networking and teamwork. We want to nurture any dormant leadership qualities within our members so that they reach their potential as business leaders.

“We’re looking to working closely with the University by including other societies, but we also want to expand into working with local businesses.”

The group has secured support by pitching to local businesses and is holding a launch event on Tuesday, December 6 at the Westminster Building on the University’s main Chester campus from 12pm for other students to join in the fun and festivities with a Christmas theme.

William said: “We would love all students, not just business students, to pop in throughout the day and participate in the activities that are going on. We’ve got loads of freebies and we’d like to share with everyone the opportunity to join the society whilst it’s in this exciting start-up phase.”

The group has joined with NACUE, a grassroots charity that supports and represents student-led enterprise societies and young entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship in Universities and Colleges across the UK.

Connie Hancock, Programme Leader for Business Management and Entrepreneurship, said she was delighted the students have taken the initiative to start the society.

She said: “This group of students are really demonstrating their commitment to their chosen area of study and have already worked hard to develop relationships with local businesses. They will be working on developing ideas and attracting businesses to support them which will hopefully benefit the economy locally. This is the first year we have run the Business Management and Entrepreneurship programme and we’re really impressed with their enthusiasm.

“I know that students have worked hard towards the setting up of this society and the Christmas launch promises to be a fun-filled event. The Enterprise Society is all about supporting University of Chester students to develop very practical entrepreneurial behaviour that may lead to the setting up of a business venture but in any case is essential for whatever your aspirations beyond graduation.”