Lancashire entrepreneurs to run workshops for college students in Preston

Posted on - 1st December, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Fulwood
Business men and women are giving up their time to help students learn valuable business skills

Business men and women are giving up their time to help students learn valuable business skills

Students at a city college have received more inspiring talks from successful entrepreneurs.


Preston’s College is hosting a series of events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Five business men and women from across Lancashire have agreed to spend one day a month working with students on a range of activities.

Coral Horn, founder of Pink Link Network one of a handful of female-only networking groups in the UK, was the first to take part.

She delivered a seminar and workshops on the Customer Cycle for students.

Horn said: “How we communicate our products and services to our customers is key in the pre and post sales stages to ensure that we meet the expectations of our customers, who in today’s market have a host of choices and are also cost aware”.

“I am looking forward to meeting the students at Preston’s College and working with them as part of this exciting initiative.”

Also taking part are Audrey O’Dell, chief executive of software development firm Logma Systems Design, Richard Taffs, safety manager of engineering company NIS, Neil Simpson who is a business mentor and owner of marketing firm Fascinate Social and Peter Melling who runs business support consultancy Marketech Solutions.

Richard Taffs said: “If the sessions are fun they will learn. It’s all down to how we engage the students and I want to open a few eyes. I’m keen to work with Preston’s College and it’s students.”

Mandy Parkinson, enterprise and commercial manager, at Preston’s College said: “Through the Enterprise-Zone facility we’re helping students to put their creativity and drive into setting up their own business, and the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme is an excellent opportunity for students to ask questions, build connections and speak directly to some of the region’s most successful business brains.

“It directly supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem that Preston’s College is passionate about growing and developing, through our teaching, facilities, and the opportunities we offer to students.”

The events follow two talks from recent graduates at the University of Central Lancashire who have gone on to develop successful businesses.

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