In 2015 Liverpool Hope University Business School and the Liverpool Hope Business Gateway organised the inaugural 'Insight to Business Awards' dinner. Now in its third year, the event is going from strength to strength.
Carol Buckman, Manager of the Liverpool Hope Business Gateway said; "The focus of these awards isn't on winning a financial prize, but on gaining employability skills. This will not only open up a new network for students, but lead to some wonderful learning and development opportunities".
The Insight to Business Awards is an event with a difference, bringing together a mix of academics, students and representatives from local and national businesses to give people the chance to meet and network and further develop relations between students and their potential future employers.
Prizes include internships and work experience in a variety of industries, from marketing to public relations management and development. This year's prizes have been kindly sponsored by:
Exclusive work experience opportunities with a diverse range of local businesses were presented to the winners of the Insight to Business Awards 2017.
Organised by the Business School and sponsored by a number of prominent companies, the event saw Liverpool Hope University students shortlisted for a series of unique openings in the world of work. In his opening address, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Head of the Business School Professor Ian Vandewalle encouraged the student nominees to ‘never doubt their ability to succeed at the highest levels’, before announcing the winners.
Joshua Pierce, who won the opportunity to shadow firstark Chief Executive Officer Tony Cahill, said of the win: “I’m hoping to get more experience to put on my CV. I’m getting the chance to shadow a Chief Executive, something that I wish to be one day. I can see what it takes and learn from the best.”
Awards were presented to:
Jason Dagens – A four week placement on the Everton Management Team
Joshua Pierce – Shadowing firstark CEO Tony Cahill
Benjamin Sutton and Barney McKeown – Ongoing placement at LLS
James Ward – Two week placement at Grant Thornton
Heather Roberts/Jordan Wright - Two week placement in the finance team at MSB Solicitors
Mishka Sutherland – Two week placement in the legal team at MSB Solicitors
Lewis Pye – Two week placement at New Mersey
Caleb Fry – One week paid work placement at The Royal Bank of Scotland
Kayleigh Burns, Catherine Smith and Billy Woof – Work experience with ProQuest
Ryan Jones – Four week paid work experience with Spire Liverpool Hospital
Tom Whittle – Four week placement at dewinter’s offices
Lorna Jenson – Two week paid placement at the Crowne Plaza hotel
Insight to Business Awards 2016
Unique work experience opportunities were presented to six Hope students at the Insight to Business Awards. Organised by the Business School and sponsored by local companies, the event sees students awarded work experience and shadowing opportunities following a series of interviews and presentations.
Students were given opportunities with Everton Football Club, Aimes, DSG, LLS, Liverpool BID Company and Peel Ports.
Business Management student Abigail Lazenby received a four-week work experience opportunity with Everton Football Club, presented by Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, CEO of Everton in the Community.
She said: “I felt shocked, excited and proud to win, particularly after the amount of work I put in to get the placement.
“I’m most excited about the opportunity to work on a number of different projects and in different areas of the business, helping to make a difference to the Everton FC community.
“This opportunity is important for students, as it allows us the chance to experience different types of interviews, which will help us in the future. The evening awards gives students a chance to network and raise experience in networking, which is important for people in the business world.”
Owen Anderson, a Business Management and Marketing student who was awarded a work experience opportunity with LLS.
He said: “I’m looking forward to working directly with people like Joe, Marc and Jordan, learning from them, and hopefully being able to positively contribute to their company during my time there. The trip to Helsinki is also a unique opportunity.
“This kind of award gives you real world experience of the industry you aim to work in. It’s not only beneficial on a CV, but can provide an application of your knowledge and the chance to build connections.
“I’m very grateful to my tutors and lecturers for helping me get to this point, I owe a lot to them.”
A trip to the World Chamber Congress in Turin and a four week internship with Everton FC’s Executive Team were just two of the awards presented to Liverpool Hope students at the first ever Insight to Business Awards.
Students, academics and businesses attended the awards ceremony organised by the Liverpool Hope University Business School and Business Gateway. Business School tutors nominated students who then had to undertake interviews and give presentations to the host organisations before a winner was chosen for each category.
The event was sponsored by Active Profile, Dipstix, Everton FC, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce, Mason Owen and World Merit, each of whom offered work experience or shadowing opportunities as prizes.
Stephanie Cox, Joshua Loveday, James Ward, Michelle Moyo, Sandra Quarcoo, Miles Dove and Claudia Hurlock were the winners on the night.
Miles Dove was presented with a four week internship with Everton FC’s Executive Team and Claudia Hurlock was chosen to be part of an official delegation for Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce at the World Chamber Congress in Turin in June. The evening also included a speech from student Minenhle Moyo, who spoke about her experience as Head of Business School for a day.
Carol Buckman from Hope Business Gateway said: “The focus of these awards wasn’t on winning a financial prize, but on gaining employability skills. Seven awards were offered, with four offering practical work experience, and three of them offering the opportunity to shadow CEOs from leading organisations in the city. This will not only open up a new network for students, but lead to some wonderful learning and development opportunities.”