A2 student Ubayd wins Entrepreneur of the Year award

2020 saw a brand-new entrepreneurship competition launched for Greenhead College students with an idea and passion for starting a new business. We’re delighted to announce that A2 student, Ubayd Knight was the proud winner of the £500 prize, donated by a local Huddersfield Business Owner.

Ubayd produced a business plan for his niche business venture supplying customised body kits for card to target a high-income market segment. Using the latest 3D modelling techniques and 3D printing Ubayd hopes to exploit a gap in this premium market and follow the passion he has had for cars since a young age. 

Ubayd said:

“As a determined entrepreneur, my experience of winning the Entrepreneur of The Year contest at Greenhead College has given me the drive and motivation to keep working hard towards my goal of becoming a successful business owner. As an A2 student, my current task is to excel at my studies to get the grades that I need, then take a gap year to focus on starting and growing my business. I then plan on applying to a University in Japan to study Business Management and Entrepreneurship.”

He plans to spend his prize money on 3D design software and is determined to gain the relevant experience to make his dream happen. 

Mark Mitchell, assistant principal and teacher of business at Greenhead College commented:

“The competition aims to foster enterprise skills and innovation to encourage people to start a successful business and provide a positive contribution to the UK economy.  Ubayd showed a particular passion for his business idea and stood out because of his focus on a particular market segment, with his unique concept of customised body kits for cars.”

We wish Ubayd the very best with his exciting venture. 

Business is Magic

Former Greenhead College student Richard Burhouse, CEO and founder of Magic Rock Brewery in Huddersfield recently visited college to outline his business strategy to A Level Business students.

Richard with some of the A Level business studies students who attended and Mike Pickerden (Business teacher)

Magic Rock Brewery’s success has gone from strength to strength with the beer becoming so popular via social media and beer rating websites that it has become an internationally renowned brand, with kegs being sent out to pubs across the UK and the world. Business expansion now involves a supermarket deal which will maximise the capacity utilisation of Richard’s state of the art canning facility.

Richard’s visit was a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain a real awareness of the theory of organic business growth and global business expansion including ethnocentric marketing strategy.

Teacher of business studies, Mike Pickerden commented:

“Magic Rock is an excellent example of how an entrepreneur can spot a growth area in a market, in this case craft beer, and capitalise on this with a high quality product and strong branding.”

(Mark Mitchell (Assistant Principal) and Mike Pickerden (Business teacher) with Richard Burhouse CEO of Magic Rock Brewery)

A huge thank you to Richard for taking the time to talk to our students, it was particularly inspiring for them to hear from such a successful entrepreneur who was once sat in the same position as them.  

Doing the business in New Zealand

Greenhead College alumni, Paul Thornton recently came into college to talk to our A1 and A2 Business students about his experiences starting a Digital Marketing business in New Zealand.  Paul’s company Digital Hothouse provide search engine optimisation and use Google Adwords to generate sales for clients, putting them high up in any Google search to generate consumer interest.  A really interesting and insightful session for our future entrepreneurs! Paul was taught 20 years ago by Mark Mitchell and also employed alumni Gavin Hirst, from the same class,, to work for his Auckland business.
Student comments included:

‘It is fascinating to see the opportunities technology firms from Europe have in New Zealand, as UK firms are around 4 years ahead in technological terms opening up more business opportunities for a digitally focused company’.

‘I learnt how important word-of-mouth promotion was when dealing with business clients as they are more likely to use a recommended firm’.

Visit Digital Hothouse’s website here: https://www.digitalhothouse.co.nz/ 

National Finalists in ICAEW Business Competition

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Carmen Lau, Yiannis Russell and Priyal Kapoor recently made it to the finals of the ICAEW BASE (Business and Accountancy Skills Education) competition at the Hilton Metropole hotel in Birmingham. 

They were selected from over 400 schools and colleges to take part in the event which involved an overnight stay with food and entertainment over 2 days.

Initially the team from Greenhead competed online against 4000 other students getting through 2 tough rounds. Following this they submitted business advice via a video sent to the judges from the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).  Each time they took on the role of a chartered accountancy firm advising a client from the technology sector.

Head of Business, Mark Mitchell said:

‘They have gained invaluable experience which will help in their future careers.’

Rose Dyson wins Enterprise Student of the Year


Greenhead College student, Rose Dyson, has won the Enterprise Student of the Year Award 2017, in partnership with the Association of Colleges.
Aged just 18 years old, Rose is the owner of Pura Cosmetics – an all-natural, cruelty free, vegan lip balm and lip scrub brand.

When Rose was just 15, a competition in high school allowed her the opportunity to set up her own enterprise. At the time, Rose was interested in beauty products, however, felt the prices were too expensive for young teenagers. This gave her the idea to create her own, affordable range of lip balms and lip scrubs.

After winning four awards in the competition, including Barnsley’s Best Young Business, Pura Cosmetics went from strength to strength. Receiving funding from the EU, allowed Rose to build the brand and develop her own website.

Rose manages her business alongside studying for her A-Levels. Every day, after college, she spends her evenings making more lip balms and scrubs to keep up with the increasing demands. She stocks her products in five small businesses around Yorkshire, and regularly attends local fairs and markets.

Rose has won various awards including Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday Award, Jacqueline Gold CBE’s WOW Award and the National Young Market Trader of the Year 2017.

Commenting on her win, Rose said:

‘‘I would like to thank the Business department at Greenhead for all their support and advice they have given me whilst I continue to grow Pura Cosmetics and study for my A-Levels’’.