The Upper 6th Form Business Studies group had an extended visit to the headquarters of Games Workshop p.l.c., in Nottingham, last week. The group had presentations from GW staff, including Mark Wells, the Chief Executive, and enjoyed a tour of the production and distribution facilities. The visit was closely focused on curriculum needs, with corporate culture, leadership and change management being the main areas for analysis. The new A2 specification demands good knowledge of real business case studies and the visit was an invaluable source of help. Our great gratitude goes to Mark and the other staff at GW who helped.
Members of the Abbotsholme Young Enterprise company, Clockwork Innovations, attended the finals evening of the East Staffordshire area last week. Held at Branston Golf and Country Club, near Burton, the event involved each of the 8 finalists, selected from all the companies in our area, making a further presentation to judges and assembled guests. Led by Managing Director Ben Hall, the Abbotsholmians have designed and produced a unique cookbook available in both written and electronic formats. They presented well, notwithstanding time pressures stemming from a very busy start of term, but it was the De Ferrers company that was chosen to proceed to the county finals. The pupils have completed nearly all the stages of the Company Programme of the YE scheme, including making a business plan, a trade fair stand, a company presentation and a company report. All that remains to be done is to liquidise the company. To this end, if anyone has not yet bought a cookbook (or a Ralph Lauren polo shirt) and wishes to place an order, please contact Ben Hall, at school.