Students show their enterprising skills

Posted on 26th November 2012

A group of students from the University of Chester has been recognised by a leading business organisation for their research work.

L to R: William Mason, Amanda Webb and Michael Williams.
L to R: William Mason, Amanda Webb and Michael Williams.

The three students - William Mason, from Blackburn, Amanda Webb, from Dudley and Michael Williams, from Ellesmere Port, all aged 19, received a Social Enterprise Award from Institute of Leadership and Management for their research into social enterprise.

The students are currently studying for degrees in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at the University.

Social enterprises are businesses that have a social mission and apply market-based strategies in order to achieve their social mission and make a difference to society. Notably social enterprises reinvest the surplus they generate back into the business in order to sustain their mission. They are important to the economy in both the impact they make and the jobs they create.

Programme Leader, Connie Hancock, praised their success and entrepreneurial endeavour in relation to the work the students carried out to secure this recognition. She said: “Social enterprise is an important element of the programme of study that all entrepreneurship students embark on. 

“There has never been a time when social enterprise has been more important to the economy, and it is particularly pleasing that these students have demonstrated a capacity to comprehend the essential nature of this business model. I congratulate Will, Amanda and Michael on their achievement.”

Following the success of the pilot year, all first-year Business Management and Entrepreneurship students will be offered the opportunity to submit a research project for the Institute of Leadership and Management Award in Social Enterprise.

Amanda Webb said: “It was actually really an enjoyable and productive learning experience working towards this award and it will offer an added dimension to my CV.”