HRC learners launch Creative Innovators business

The Apprentice has become reality for a group of Creative Industries learners at Huntingdonshire Regional College with the launch of their new merchandise business, Creative Innovators.

The company has been created by the learners through a project with Young Enterprise and they will be selling their first wave of products at a Christmas Market to be held in Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon on Saturday 5th December, 9:30am – 3:00pm.

The team of seven study Creative Media, Photography and Art & Design at the College and have pooled their talents to produce, market and sell a range of gift items including candleholders, dream-catchers, bracelets, hats and bags.

Wendy Baker, a Business Advisor for Young Enterprise, is supporting the team to establish the business and will offer guidance throughout the year-long project.

She said: “It has been a huge learning curve for the learners involved. It’s all about learning business processes, preparation and working together as a team.

“It’s fantastic to see how much their inter-personal skills have grown so quickly.”

Each member of the team has a specific responsibility within the company, including marketing, production and sales, with a Managing Director overseeing the operation.

Marketing Director, Rebecca Eggenberg, said: “It’s really new and interesting setting up the company. It can be stressful at times as there is a lot to learn in a short space of time.”

Kieran Baugh, IT Director, added: “Having this experience will really help me to achieve my ambition of becoming a freelance graphic designer.”

Creative Innovators is now a registered company through Young Enterprise and the team have been directly involved in setting up a bank account for the business and dealing with the relevant legal aspects.

Shares in the company can be purchased and the team welcome any potential investors. For further information, please contact Karen Conway, HRC Job Coach, at karen-conway@huntingdon.ac.uk

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Pictured: The Creative Innovators team with Wendy Baker (centre) and Karen Conway (second right).

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