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Photo: Professor Chris Jones speaks to Flintshire Enterprise Club students at John Summers High School

24 May 2013

Delivering the perfect pitch and funding tips were among advice dished-out by a business leader.

Professor Chris Jones, Head of Glyndŵr University Business School, gave a talk to Flintshire Enterprise Club at John Summers High School in Queensferry.

Prof Jones spoke to the group about presentation and interview techniques and discussed the Wrexham University’s innovative new 2 year degree in Entrepreneurship.

The course begins in September, and is totally radical in its approach. All students will create and run their own online business in small teams. The learning on the degree will then directly feed into their on-the-job experience.

The environment will be informal and break free from the traditional model. Real business owners will work with the academic team to support the transfer of knowledge.

Speaking about the course, and his visit to the high school, Prof Jones said: “It was a great opportunity to get out and speak to would-be entrepreneurs about their business ideas, and to offer my expertise and advice.

“They were particularly keen on finding out how to sell themselves and make a pitch. These are difficult skills to learn because it’s all about confidence; making a good first impression is very important.”

He added: “I’m glad I got the chance to meet them. Their ideas and enthusiasm were great to see and I wish them well for the future.”

On the subject of the ground breaking new degree, Prof Jones said: “We’re breaking down the myth that entrepreneurship can’t be taught. It certainly can but it needs to be done differently.

“It’s a difficult environment for everyone at the moment, but it’s in the times of reduced job opportunities that people become enterprising for themselves. We are region’s local University and the onus is on us to provide programmes that are relevant. I want students on this degree to be hungry for their own success and that’s why it is only two years in duration.

He added: “If I had my time over this is exactly the sort of degree I would choose. The opportunity to learn how to run my own business whilst actually doing it for real would be my idea of heaven.”

John Summers’ Beverly Moseley thanked Prof Jones for attending and said the Enterprise Club has already proven to be a “huge success”.

“The club has been a huge success, it’s open to all age groups, and I would encourage anyone who has a business idea to take up the opportunity to receive support and guidance from local organisations and business entrepreneurs to maximise their business potential. 

“Today's Presentation Skills workshop by Professor Chris Jones Head of Business School at Glyndwr University is an example of the professional quality of support that can be received at the enterprise club. 

"If they contact Communities First on 01244 846090, a member of our team will be on hand to answer any questions that they may have.”

For more information, visit the website: http://www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/Inbusiness/ExecutiveMBA/

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