Hartpury announces new student enterprise awards


Hartpury is delighted to have launched its inaugural Enterprise Finals aimed at supporting and encouraging students looking to develop pioneering business ideas.

In a format similar to the long-running Dragons’ Den TV show, Hartpury students will have an opportunity to pitch their innovative and thought-provoking concepts to a panel of business experts.

The panel will decide how to allocate funds from a bursary, which is being supported by Hartpury, Renouf Wealth Management Limited, Hazlewoods Accountants and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

All entries will receive feedback and coaching from the panel and gain entrance into the Hartpury Enterprise Business Launchpad after the event.

Ian Renouf-Watkins, Managing Director of Renouf Wealth Management Limited, said:  “Renouf Wealth Management Limited’s partnership with Hartpury began last year when we first put in place Staff Financial Advice Surgeries, which are now available to all staff and their families each month.

“We have been really impressed by the professionalism of the organisation and the care taken by its staff with the young people in their charge.

“Our association with Hartpury has become something we prize and certainly that we hope to continue for many years to come.

“Renouf Wealth Management Limited are great believers in innovation and entrepreneurialism.

“With a strong focus on recruitment through an apprenticeship approach to its Advisory training and development, our company believes in inspiring and rewarding motivated and energised young people.

“It is therefore a real pleasure for our company to sponsor and support Hartpury’s Enterprise Finals in 2020.”

Sam Holliday, Gloucestershire FSB Development Manager, said: “The FSB is delighted to be supporting the Hartpury Enterprise initiative as we think this is a great way to encourage and highlight entrepreneurship among students and hopefully give them an insight into why so many millions of people in the UK are now enjoying running their own businesses.

“We applaud Hartpury for working hand in hand with business to make this event happen and we hope the day will be the launch pad for many of the students at this excellent college and university to begin their exciting and rewarding journey into starting to build the great businesses of the future.”

Hazlewoods Accountants Associate Partner Lucie Hammond, said: “When we heard about the Enterprise Finals being developed by Hartpury, we were very keen to be involved.

“We have a wealth of entrepreneurial talent in this country and supporting initiatives that help to develop that is important to us. We are excited to see what the students come up with.”

The 2020 Hartpury Enterprise Finals will take place on Thursday, 6 February.

Simon Spooner, Enterprise and Careers Manager at Hartpury, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to break new ground and launch the first-ever Hartpury Enterprise Finals.

“The team within our Innovation Careers and Enterprise Centre (ICE) are working alongside our academic teams to bring to life assignments and projects on which students are working.

“There is real appetite among our students to explore different routes into the world of entrepreneurship, with more than 90 students currently taking our new Venture Creation Module and many more seeking the advice of our Innovation Careers and Enterprise Centre.

“Our new Enterprise Finals will provide our students with the further inspiration, opportunity and confidence to take forward the ideas and skills they’ve learned beyond their academic studies.

“Many of our students have already shown the potential to become successful businessmen and business women.

“We’re confident they’re going to seize this opportunity to bring some fresh and innovation ideas to the table with both hands.”

Before and after the competition, contestants will have access to Hartpury’s Enterprise Launchpad, which supports Hartpury students looking to set up their own business by providing access to professional advice, specialist resources and a network of successful entrepreneurs.

It is located within Hartpury’s Innovation Careers and Enterprise Centre (ICE), which supports all aspects of students’ career planning, graduate employability and postgraduate study.

Simon Spooner added: “We provide a wide range of support for students who are looking to take forward business ideas or wanting to be involved in enterprise projects, beyond their studies.

“Our Enterprise Launchpad is a dedicated business space for students to work on their projects, connect with enterprise advisers and gain linkage to support from various external organisations such as the Gloucestershire Growth Hub network and a strong business network.”

Hartpury is a specialist educational provider located in Gloucestershire with more than 3,600 college and university level students studying postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, PhDs, diplomas in the areas of sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary nursing, and A-levels.