The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College Inspires Entrepreneurship in Students

The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College recently hosted their inaugural Sixth Form College Enterprise Award competition on Monday 20th November and Tuesday 21st November. This competition highlighted the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation of the students, who crafted comprehensive business plans for micro-businesses.  
In two dynamic days, more than 60 Year 2 BTEC Business students pitched their business plans to the Potteries Educational Trust staff and local business leaders. The grand finale at Staffordshire University saw 15 shortlisted students presenting their business ideas before a distinguished panel of local business leaders to become one of three winners. 

The judging panel comprised influential figures from various sectors; the morning session featured leaders such as Josie Morris MBE, Managing Director of Woolcool; Paul Roxburgh, Business Start-Up Advisor at Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce; and Dan Nutt, Manager at Leek Building Society. 

The afternoon session saw Rob Fisher, Managing Director of Strategi Solutions; Sally Thompson, Business Advisor at Staffordshire County Council; Kerri-Ann Hargreaves, Director of Talent at Ironmarket contributing their expertise in business. Keri-Ann stated,

A very inspiring afternoon, some incredible ideas, and some sound research – good luck to the finalists.” 

Leek Building Society Branch Manager, Daniel Nutt, was delighted to be involved and commented:

“Being involved in these presentations and hearing so many innovative ideas from the students was inspiring. Our Society places real importance on supporting our communities and I was proud to dedicate time to the budding entrepreneurs’ development.” 

Rachel Davies, Teacher of Business at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College was extremely happy with how the competition went. Rachel commented,

“Both days were outstanding! Our students demonstrated confidence, professionalism, and creativity in their pitches.” 

Amaan Hussain, a second year BTEC Business student, brought his A-game, presenting his dessert business concept. Amaan shared,

I pitched my dessert business to the judging panel, showcasing the idea through a PowerPoint presentation. What set me apart was not just the visuals but also the actual desserts I made, and the judges absolutely loved them. This hands-on approach, coupled with the subsequent feedback session, provided valuable insights for reflecting on my coursework unit and making precise evaluations. In the end, the entire experience significantly contributed to the development of my practical entrepreneurial skills in real-life situations. 

This enterprise competition not only provided students with a platform to display their innovative ideas but also allowed them to engage with seasoned professionals who offered valuable insights. The event underscores the commitment of the Sixth Form College to fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and preparing students for success in the business world. 

The college looks forward to witnessing the continued success and growth of these aspiring entrepreneurs in their future endeavours.