Help for Heroes volunteer Neil Bowen collecting the cheque
Enterprising Andover College students have put their business skills into practice and today handed over a cheque for £307 generated from the profits to help the locally based Help for Heroes charity.
Collecting the cheque on behalf of the charity, volunteer Neil Bowen said: “None of our work could carry on if it wasn’t for the support of the general public. This donation from Andover College Business students will support Help for Heroes locally and nationally including Tedworth House Recovery Centre.”
As part of their Certificate in Business the first year students were required to plan and create a new business. Armed with a repayable loan, twelve start-ups were soon successfully off the ground making sweets, designing and printing of t-shirts, making drinks and cakes.
Luke Owen from t-shirt printing CitiSpace said: “We thought designing and printing t-shirts would be a great idea and it’s been a fantastic opportunity to run a business, putting all our college experience into practice. We’ve also managed to support a really worthwhile charity, Help for Heroes, which through some of our military links, we have had personal experience of.”
Second year Business students are also required to practically apply their business know-how by planning and managing a business event. They did this earlier in the year by facilitating the first year businesses students with presenting their enterprises in the Chantry Centre.
Business lecturer Lyn Pryer concludes: “This is the third year that our Business students have been encouraged to set up and run a business and it’s proved to be the most successful year yet. The process allows the learners to experience the difficulties, as well as the rewards of, running a business, something which would be difficult to replicate from classroom theory alone.”
For further information on Business courses available at Andover College please either visit www.andover.ac.uk or call 01264 360000.