Plant & Works Engineering
Helping business leaders of the future
Published:  08 July, 2011

Students from Solihull College have been pitching their business ideas to industry experts as part of their course where they learn how to set up a small business. General manager of Mattei, Andy Jones, was asked to take part in the process, sharing his knowledge on running a successful and growing business.
Around 20 students went in front of the panel of judges earlier this month. The students, who are currently on a BTEC First Diploma in Business, received feedback about positive aspects of their business plans and also areas of improvement, which will benefit them in their future studies.
Andy Jones, general manager of Mattei, an engineering company based in Warwickshire, commented: “It was a pleasure to be invited into the College and offer my knowledge and support to the students. I remember what it was like at their age trying to start off in the business world, so I am pleased to offer some guidance and pass on my expertise to our future business people.”
Student Michael Bristow, whose business plan was to connect manufacturers with sole traders, commented: “It was a nerve-wracking experience but definitely worthwhile. The feedback I received from the business experts was really positive and beneficial, and the whole experience has boosted my confidence in delivering presentations.”
After completing their course this summer some of the students are hoping to progress onto the Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, which is a new course being delivered at Solihull College with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. This new and exciting programme will allow learners to develop the skills and knowledge required to start their own entrepreneurial career.


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