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Haughton Design becomes JCB Academy 'challenge partner'

23 August 2011

Haughton Design will be the key focus of JCB Academy’s ‘Starting a small business’ module as they become one of the Academy’s new ‘challenge partners’. Students will be given an insight into this successful organisation and will learn key skills essential to setting up a new business. The move to partner with the academy was a personal one, as managing director David Mills recognises the important role entrepreneur engineers will play in supporting the future of the British economy.

The unit gives students the opportunity to prepare a business proposal covering the type of business and its market, financial information and forward planning. Mills revealed “When I first started I was completely new to business and had to learn along the way, so would have greatly benefited from covering this within my education.” 

Mills and the team will kick-off the module by presenting a detailed history of the company’s success, inspiring students to develop their own business ideas. The Haughton Design team will then be able to see the progress made as students are invited to pitch their ideas in a
'Dragon's Den' style later in the term.
Small and medium-sized enterprises are extremely important to the UK economy. It is essential that students are provided with a realistic picture of what it means to start their own business.

Recent business graduate Megan Raisbeck says: “most of what I covered at university was relevant to large organisations. I found it somewhat difficult to relate what I have learned to working for a small company.”
The module will begin in September 2011 and the whole Haughton Design team are looking forward to passing on valuable experience to the students and meeting future entrepreneurs.

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