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Business students ‘Make an Impact’ for charity

72 business students from the University of South Wales’ Treforest Campus recently raised approximately £2,000 for charity as part of the Business School’s ‘Make an Impact’ initiative.

Make an Impact forms part of the Managing Business Growth and Sustainability module, whereby students are required to take part in a Dragon’s Den style challenge to pitch a business idea for investment. Following this, they then go on to run a mini business for a fortnight.

Nine groups studying Year 2 of Business and Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Combined Studies and the Erasmus half year took part in the challenge. Their business ideas included selling ‘sweet trees’, running a heritage café to create cultural awareness through food and drink, selling coasters and cheese boards made from up cycled slate off-cuts from a builders yard, and hosting events such as FIFA and pool tournaments.

The money raised will be split between the groups nominated charities that include Help for Heroes, Cancer Research UK, Movember and Dementia UK.

Speaking about the students’ success Louise Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Business said: “I would like to congratulate all the Year 2 students who took part in Make an Impact, 2014. From an initial investment of £720 they collectively raised a total of £1,996.23 which will benefit a range of charities. Particular recognition for innovation has to be given to Louise Western, Stephanie Robinson and Nia Cavil, who spotted an opportunity to turn wasted roofing tiles from a builders skip into slate coasters, cheese boards and serving platters. From an investment of £40 they made £385.46 profit”.