Posted on January 28th, 2008

New horizons for MBA student Marcus

Financial Controller, Marcus Royle, has enrolled onto the University of Chester’ s MBA programme this year after his employers PROjEN won the High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise – Cheshire’s most prestigious business accolade.

To win the first prize, which included the place on the MBA (worth £8,000), the company had to demonstrate ambition, innovation, growth, enterprise and employee and management development, plus plans for future expansion.

Marcus has worked for Northwich-based PROjEN for just over one year. The company offers <a href=”/project-management.php” title=”project management”>project management</a> and professional engineering services to clients in markets such as pharmaceuticals, food and waste treatment. Its services include support in legislation compliance, energy management, capex planning and training.

The 30-year-old from Crewe said: “The prospect of completing an MBA at Chester Business School is very exciting; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

“I’m hoping to broaden my management skills and develop my career within PROjEN, helping to drive the company on to bigger and better things.

“After graduating with a BSc in Mathematics, I completed my Chartered Accountancy exams. I had to study for 20 hours a week and fit it around my work, so I’m used to juggling study with everyday life.

“Since starting the course in October, I’ve already covered two modules, Marketing across boundaries and Manager Development and Learning, which I’ve found extremely relevant.

“Coming from an accountancy background, I’ve never studied marketing strategy, but I’m really enjoying this module. I’ve found I’m asking more marketing related questions, and sitting in on marketing meetings at PROjEN.

“The Manager Development and Learning module gives you an opportunity to reflect on your management skills and experience. I’ve already participated in a manager exchange, which gives you the chance to observe a fellow student’s job role and environment. At the end of the exchange we swap observations. This has been an informative experience, as I’ve found there can be many similarities between companies that on the surface may seem very different.

“I’ve often considered completing an MBA, so winning this place was fantastic! The style of teaching suits me, as it seems very practical and there is a wide support network of fellow students and teachers. You are not simply left to your own devices.

“I believe the MBA helps you become a well-rounded businessperson, and I’m really looking forward to making the most of this valuable opportunity.”

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