Academic | Posted 28.01.2015

OS inspire Stonyhurst’s entrepreneurs

A level and IB Business pupils were delighted to hear from some of Stonyhurst’s former Business students this week: James Barrett (OS ’09), Miles Sharples (OS ’06) and Liz Barrett (OS ’07) came to speak to the Industrial Society about their new business.  The trio have recently taken on a franchise business, Lancashire 4×4 Vehicle Hire, and they spoke about how, following early success, they have already taken on the Cumbria and Manchester franchises.  Our current pupils were fascinated to learn how the theories learned in the classroom had been used, with discussions about the pros and cons of running a franchise, as well as the world of social media marketing, in which all three are expert.  The talk was an invaluable case study as well as a real inspiration for Business pupils, who will perhaps return themselves one day to address future Stonyhurst audiences about their own success!

Before and after the talk, James, Liz and Miles were delighted to see many of the developments at Stonyhurst, including the new Higher Line Coffee Room, and the refurbished Business and Economics classrooms, as well as sampling the delights of the New Ref at supper.  They were given a Stonyhurst tartan cushion, currently being sold by our Social Enterprise group, Ad Maiora, as a token of our appreciation.