A wide range of South West businesses were represented at the inaugural Business Friends of Hartpury breakfast event at Hartpury University and Hartpury College.
Industries in attendance included construction, law, medicine, technology, marketing and public relations, event management and retail.
The event, which included a speech by David Owen, the Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, provided guests with opportunities to find out how they can work with Hartpury, provide placements and graduate opportunities and support its entrepreneurial students through mentoring.
David Owen told guests: “There’s a can-do attitude and an underpinning culture at Hartpury that says that vocational education and working in partnership with businesses is very important for giving young people real-life experiences alongside their academic study.
“That’s really important for business because it means they’re able to employ young people who are able to hit the ground running after they graduate and embark on their careers.
“The facilities here are fantastic, but for us as the LEP, the culture and the can-do attitude is another real strength of the organisation
“It’s the particular focus on working with business that’s a big part of what we like about the organisation.”
Hartpury works with more than 2,000 businesses to help its students find the right work placement opportunities, to prepare them for their future careers in their chosen industry.
Russell Marchant, Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University and Principal of Hartpury College, added: “Hartpury University and Hartpury College is all about producing graduates with the right attitude and the skill set to progress and make a success of their careers.
“They will be better able to do that, the more experience they have with businesses and organisations during their time studying with us.
“We want them to go out with no fear, confident that they have things to offer and they have things to learn, and they can contribute to a business and develop themselves.
“Events like the Business Friends of Hartpury are a great way for us to learn how we can better place our students and it’s a great way for industry to learn how they can make better use of our students – everybody’s a winner.”
Picture: Guests at the Business Friends of Hartpury breakfast event