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University of Worcester Student Scoops £1,000 Business Scholarship

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A third year business student has landed a £1,000 scholarship to help establish her own website firm.

Helen Batchelor is the first University of Worcester student to be awarded a new scholarship by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Helen, who lives in Redditch, applied for the scholarship with her idea for a new website channelling buyers through to appropriate online retailers selling clothes for taller women.

“This money will really help me to set up the website and get the business off the ground,” said the 20-year-old, who is in the final year of a Business, Management & Accountancy degree. “I have always wanted to start my own business so this is a great opportunity for me.”

She added: “I’m fairly tall and have always struggled to find clothes. I did some research and found there was a gap in the market for a website where people like me could go to be directed to stores that sell clothes for taller women.”

The FSB scholarship was aimed at third year business students from Worcestershire with a good academic record, and who were looking for investment in a business idea.

Judi Brazkiewicz, Chairman of FSB Worcestershire, said: “The Federation of Small Businesses recognises that our next generation of entrepreneur should be supported and encouraged to see their plans come to fruition. Helen is a truly inspired and inspiring person and we are delighted that she is the very first in what I hope to be a long line of FSB Business Scholars coming out of the University’s Business School. Helen and the FSB are now working together on a number of ideas, so we are sure to hear more about her in the future.”