Last Friday, the BTEC Business Studies students had a wonderful opportunity to meet with the owners of Java&Co coffee shop, Abingdon. Claire and Andrew Bowen spent over one hour discussing the pros and cons of setting up and running a small business. Student, Joshua Lowe (Lower Sixth, Feilden), describes how these two entrepreneurs worked together; ‘they had complementary skills, which bonded them together in the business’. The students on this course also learned about the financial support and information that Claire and Andrew received from family and friends.
This visit fits in directly with what the students are working on at the moment; their unit is based on a business proposal, assessing the legal and financial implications associated with their startup, before preparing and presenting a business plan. Joshua described his plans for a restaurant based in Witney; ‘a carvery is usually only available on a Sunday, but the USP of my business plan is that this carvery will be available six days a week.’
The BTEC Business Studies course provides an exciting opportunity for students to benefit from the knowledge and experience of UK business owners. Joshua felt that the most useful aspect of the course was the emphasis on independent learning and project work; ‘it sets you up for the real world of business’.