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Lowestoft Sixth Form College Business Studies students
visit to Lovewell Blake - Friday 4 May 2018

Business Studies

students from the Lowestoft Sixth Form College were welcomed at Lovewell Blake Lowestoft as part of the Suffolk Chamber Of Commerce Young Chamber Gold membership.

The students all currently studying in Years 12 and 13 accompanied by tutor Barbara Fruish, were given an overview of Lovewell Blake by partner James Shipp before being split into two groups and given a tour of Lovewell Blakes Excelsior House in Lowestoft. The students accompanied by two Lovewell Blake trainees, visited the tax, financial planning, business recovery, business services group and corporate services group departments with each team member giving a brief overview of their department and role.

Following this they received a presentation from Gabrielle Greenwood who gave a short talk about life as a trainee and an overview of the qualifications that would need to be studied to qualify.

The students then got the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session with Sharon Chatfield.

Thanks go to Lovewell Blake staff Melanie Wright, Tracy Cox, Sharon Chatfield, James Shipp, Danny A, Danny B and Gabrielle Greenwood, plus all the team who gave their time to the students.

  

  

 

Lowestoft Sixth Form College Business Studies students
visit to Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft - Thursday 10 May 2018

Business Studies students from the Lowestoft Sixth Form College were welcomed at Pleasurewood Hills Lowestoft as part of the Suffolk Chamber Of Commerce Young Chamber gold membership program.

The students all currently studying A Level and BTEC Business in Years 12 and 13 accompanied by tutors Barbara Fruish and Sharon Yull, were given a tour of Pleasurewood Hills by General Manager Adam Noble to understand the nature of the business and the in depth requirements of managing a theme park. 

This gave the students the opportunity to learn about the resources required both physically and technologically and the number of staff required and the roles they carry out. With Pleasurewood Hills being such a large local seasonal employer, the students also got to understand how HR and recruitment is managed and what skills are required by individuals.

The students also learnt about sources of internal and external finance, especially with Pleasurewood Hills being a business that has to continuously evolve and invest, examples of this was the students being given a tour of the premises, to see what new attractions were being introduced, the value and return of this investment and how budgets work. 

Also with Pleasurewood Hills being mainly an outdoor theme park it was interesting to hear how they deal with the British weather and the financial implications this can impact on their business but thinking continuously on investment ideas and attractions to still get visitors in on the rainy days.

The students then got the opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session and share their views with Adam.

Thanks go to Pleasurewood Hills General Manager Adam Noble for his time.

  

  

 

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Young Chamber Business Breakfast Club at Sir John Leman High School, Beccles
Thursday 7 June 2018

Year 10 students of the Sir John Leman High School were welcomed at a Business Breakfast Club held at their school encouraging and developing the connection with local businesses – with the overall aim being to bridge the gap between business and education.

The students all currently studying in Year 10 were advised the theme of the session would be ‘Customer Service’ and were given the opportunity to connect and informally chat with local businesses over a coffee and a Danish pastry.

Organised by Careers and Aspirations Manager Allison Copeman of the Sir John Leman High School, the students were given the opportunity to discuss careers in customer service, understand what customer service is, offer ideas on what they thought about customer service and also ask questions on how the business delegates chose the career paths they did to get them where they are today.

The unanimous feedback received from the students was that it was a really valuable session: 

‘‘I really enjoyed this networking morning as I loved finding out about other career options and all the people were really nice’'.

‘'I enjoyed learning more about jobs that I am interested in and also being introduced to jobs I’ve never thought about or known exist’'.

'‘I have had a lovely morning and it has been a very interesting experience'’. 

The businesses were representatives from Pleasurewood Hills, Redz Hairstylists Beccles, Suffolk Police, The Hotel Victoria, The Marina Theatre and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce – Young Chamber.