Bradford Enterprise Academy, in association with Bradford Kickstart, was proud to honour its top student entrepreneurs at a formal ceremony held at the College. The event recognises the achievements of students whose sharp business acumen and drive to succeed has led them to become the award winning students we know today.
The Academy delivers inspirational and exciting enterprise programmes to students – helping to stimulate interest in enterprise, enhance entrepreneurial skills and increase new start up business and self employment opportunities.
During the auspicious evening, students were thrilled to receive the ‘NCFE Award in Developing Business Enterprise’ from Bradford Enterprise Academy and Bradford College Principal, Michele Sutton, OBE.
Over 20 students scooped awards in the award winning ceremony. The winners of the ‘Best Business Idea Competition’ went to Paul Garside, Paul Fisher and Phillip Faulkner for their innovative idea for developing website student support tools. Faisal Rehman, Zaffar Ul Haq and Akhlaq Ahmed also scooped awards for setting up and running ‘Tech World’, the highly successful IT helpdesk between March and May 2010.
The new initiative was successfully launched by Bradford College in September 2009 and has gone from strength to strength. The Academy offers enterprise training, equipping students with the knowledge, skills, confidence and expertise to start their own business or self employment. Since the launch in September 2009, 210 students have successfully completed the new enterprise programme.
During the evening, special thanks were extended to all Programme Managers and Enterprise Champions who have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the programme. Three members of staff also scooped awards, including Elvir Kesedzic (HE Computing), Val Berwin (Beauty Therapy) and Suzanne Griffith (Photography) for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to Enterprise’ during the academic year.
Throughout the event, students also benefited from expert advice from the Bradford Enterprise Academy Team as well as organisations such as Princes Trust and Access to Fund – assisting students to explore the possibilities of business developments and funding opportunities.