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University holds enterprise conference for budding entrepreneurs

04 November 2008

More than 100 business students attended a special Enterprise Student Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University on Tuesday 28th October.

Local entrepreneurs at the enterprise conference.
Local entrepreneurs at the enterprise conference.

The event was organised in conjunction with Business Link’s East Kent Enterprise Gateway Service and Canterbury 4 Business by the Enterpreneurship Degree Pathway Team: Judith Crayford, Karen Hilliger and Miriam Sarrafan from The Business School.

The aim of the conference was to encourage participants to adopt an enterprising outlook, hone their existing skills and share a range of enterprising experiences and ideas.

The event, entitled ‘Who wants to be an entrepreneur?’,  gave students the opportunity to probe a panel of local, eminent entrepreneurs for creative and business insights, including John Henderson of Sevenseas Worldwide Ltd; Chris Hyland and Matt Phelan of 4Ps Marketing; Stefan Colley of Orange Street Music Venue; Tracy Maxted of Switch in Style; and Viki Oliver of Whippersnapper Theatre Company.

The students also networked with eminent enterprise academics and took part in a brainstorming session in order to explore and stimulate the formation of an enterprise club for students at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Judith Crayford, a senior business lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The ‘Who wants to be an entrepreneur?’ event was a huge success.  The conference gave students a taste of the entrepreneurial lifestyle.  The students benefited from a range of interactive sessions as well as the opportunity to discuss their business ideas with local and regional business support providers, Business Link and Canterbury City Council’s Canterbury 4 Business (C4B) team.”

East Kent Enterprise Gateway’s Director, Dorothy Thom, said: “Practical learning adds another dimension to the theory and brings the world of business right to the doorstep of our future entrepreneurs.”

If you would like a photograph of the event or an interview with Judith Crayford, please contact the University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Draper, on 01227 782391.

Notes to Editor

Business School at Canterbury Christ Church University

The development of the intellectual abilities and the human values you need to be an effective manager is at the heart of the Business School's teaching and its qualifications in business, management, marketing and advertising, accounting and finance, human resource management, and entrepreneurship. Whether you are a school leaver seeking to embark on a career in management by taking one of our undergraduate degrees, or an experienced, professional manager seeking to update your knowledge, develop your skills and enhance your employability on one of our postgraduate programmes, our staff are committed to helping you develop the skills and values that are at the core of good management. Our programmes are run at our Canterbury and Broadstairs campuses in our excellent facilities and in a supportive community atmosphere. We also run management training and education programmes in partnership with client organisations on their premises and tailored to their specific needs. We have extensive experience of working with public services organisations such as the Police, the NHS, Fire and Rescue and Local Government to develop their managers. 

Business Link’s East Kent Enterprise Gateway Service

The East Kent Enterprise Gateway Service offers the unemployed, people who are working just a few hours a week or in a situation that makes it hard to find suitable work, free training courses covering every aspect of running a business, along with coaching and mentoring.

For media enquiries:

Claire Draper
01227 782391