Chester Enterprise Society reflects on the successes of its first year

Posted on 23rd May 2013

Chester Enterprise Society (CES) – the University’s first ever society for entrepreneurs – is celebrating its first year of success.

This has been an incredibly successful year and we have surpassed what we set out to achieve last summer.
William Mason, Founder of CES

And as the academic year approaches a close, CES, based at the University of Chester’s Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) has set itself some ambitious targets for the year ahead.

The student-led society, which was founded at the start of the 2011/2012 academic year, aims to widen its member-base across the University, and connect with partner Further Education Colleges based in the North West, to help develop an enterprise network within the region.

CES was shortlisted for the Enterprise Event of the Year at this year’s National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) Annual Society Awards. Held at the Institute of Directors Head Office in London, the ceremony celebrated the achievements of enterprise societies and individuals across the NACUE network, acknowledging entrepreneurial efforts across the UK. Nominations were encouraged from societies that hosted a single event showcasing entrepreneurship, which attracted an audience beyond the society members.

CES was nominated for its support for the Destination Rio project, launched last summer to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs. Teams of students were set the challenge of transforming an investment of £10 into enough funds to travel to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2013 hosted in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

William Mason, Business and Entrepreneurship student who established CES said: “This has been an incredibly successful year and we have surpassed what we set out to achieve last summer. The staff at the University have been of great support, however, particular mention must be made to Connie Hancock and Kirsty Badrock at the RIC.

“CES has been a fantastic journey for all involved. Sadly I will be stepping down from Presidency this year; however, we are in the process of recruiting our new, energised, management team. Look out for the exciting initiatives which will be unveiled next year!”

Paul Kirkbright, Director of the RIC, said: “CES members have shown tremendous effort in their endeavours and continue to go from strength-to-strength. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Society across 2013/14.”