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Students bring the Caribbean to Chester

May 2, 2012

Student enterprise society, Run with It, held a Caribbean themed networking event for technical and trade students looking to set up their own business.


Run with It at their Caribbean themed networking event

Run with It, established by West Cheshire College students, held the event at the College’s Chester Campus and invited specialists to help give future mechanics, plumbers and joiners advice on becoming their own boss.

Georgina O’Brien, business tutor at the College said: “The society recognised that many of our trade students would want to become their own boss when they finish College, but may not necessarily know the best way of going about it or how to follow up on a new business idea.

“The society chose a Caribbean theme to encourage more people to come along, they also arranged for local entrepreneur- Servel Miller from Caribbean Flavva, to provide food and music on the day. The event was a great success and received a lot of positive feedback from the trade students.”

The society was set up in February this year to encourage more students to become entrepreneurs and follow their business ideas, develop networking and pitching skills and market their idea. The society has already been nominated for the ‘Best Society of the Year’ at the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) awards.

Georgina added: “We were nominated for the award after we participated in a Dragon’s Den style challenge at an entrepreneurial event at Flux in London.

“Despite being a relatively new society and competing against university students, Run with It came a close runner-up in the challenge, which was an excellent achievement and business student Maceij Szukala was presented with the title of ‘Most Achieved Student.’”

Run with It is supported by NACUE and is made up of eight main student board members and 32 student members from a variety of curriculum areas within the College.

For more information on West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit

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