Business Student Scoops £1,000 Scholarship

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A Business Management student at the University of Worcester has been awarded a £1,000 scholarship from the Federation of Small Businesses.

Twenty-one-year-old Katie Styler has developed a particular interest in what makes a business tick since joining the University two years ago.

“I began to notice that some businesses grew, while others didn’t and some actually ceased trading,” said the former, Trinity High School, Redditch, student. “What makes that happen? How come one goes on to be a household name and another disappears completely? When I have gained the qualifications and experience needed I would like to work to help people improve their businesses, taking them to the next level and on-going success. But that’s some way in the future; currently I’m enjoying a year in industry as part of my course; working in the export office at the Redditch based sea food processing company Seafarms Ltd, part of the UK owned global corporation, SII invest, Thailand.”

Katie said she had been inspired in her studies by her father. “My dad has worked really hard all of his life, starting as an engineering apprentice and now heading a division at a local manufacturing company,” she said. “That sort of commitment and hard work has taught me a great deal.”

The FSB Business Scholarship is presented annually to an outstanding student at the University of Worcester, one that has shown particular initiative, skill and dedication to both their studies and developing their own entrepreneurial skills. The prize includes £1,000 to develop the winner’s own business idea or career prospects and Katie said she will bank the money until she is at the right stage to use it to the best effect.

Tim Maxfield, Director of Business Development in the University of Worcester’s Business School, said: “We have worked closely with the FSB for a number of years, and are delighted that our local branch continues to support our students in such a rich variety of ways. This is the third time that an FSB Scholarship has been awarded to one of our Business School students. The award is to recognise outstanding achievement and external engagement, and to support the FSB in its role as the UK’s leading business organisation. We look forward to Katie’s return to the University from a very successful one-year industry placement, and her continued ambassadorial role for the FSB. Katie is a worthy winner.”

Rick Abbotts, Chairman for FSB Worcestershire, added: “Katie is a credit to the University. She has an innate understanding of business issues, excellent communication skills and her academic studies will undoubtedly underpin her personal drive and ambition in building a rewarding career for herself.  I can only add my congratulations to those of others and wish Katie every success in her final year at university and in her future career.”

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