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Posted on July 13th, 2006

Future Aspirations MD | PM PROjEN News

No, this is not a future progression comment lifted from a performance review, but the consensus from a group pupils at an Industry in School Event held at Culcheth High School in Culcheth, near Warrington, Cheshire.

PROjEN’s MD, John Taylor, spent a morning out of his busy day of “Bossing people about”, “Sacking people” and “Sitting in his big office, at his big desk” – (the starting perceptions of his role by the pupils, not by PROjEN Personnel!).

The morning was organised in some way similar to Alan Sugar’s Apprentice TV Series, where pupils were advised of the ‘real’ role of an MD and then organised into groups and set a business task – such as how Microsoft could launch an alternative to the iPod.

Acting as a facilitator to the group, John prompted the pupils to consider every angle of taking a product to market; considering finance, product features, legalities, manufacturing, health & safety, quality, logistics, marketing etc and the importance of a comprehensive business plan. The issue of Fair Trade was also brought into the thinking as this had been a part of the student’s specific course work during the week.

Commenting on the morning, John said “this was a well organised event and a really worthwhile way of giving something back to the community. Not only do the pupils, get a practical insight into commerce and industry, but it gives us a chance to see how the younger generation see us. It is also interesting to get a glimpse of our future through their eyes.” “The pupils’ entrepreneurial nature certainly impressed me and they were a credit to themselves and the school; I believe from some of the ideas they put forward that we may have the makings of the next Bill Gates or Anita Roddick and I’ll certainly have to start watching my back!!”

PROjEN, despite their relatively small size, are always keen to support good causes whenever they can. Other examples include fundraising initiatives, such as the Northwich Rotary Club Swimathon, Children in Need and Genes for Jeans Events as well as donations to the local Winnington Avenue Youth Club.

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