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Sweet success for college businesses

1 February 2017

We are pleased to report that our first round of applications for our business incubator has been approved and we have nine fledgling businesses in situ.

Our Chocola’Tay brand of luxury chocolates sold like, well, hmmm, chocolates at our Pop-up shop in the Overgate Centre last December. In fact, it was so well received the D&A Hospitality students struggled to keep up with demand.

Feedback for another student-led business, Valeting@D&A has also been phenomenal. This quality car valeting enterprise has been described as as good as any professional service and gets booked up very quickly. 

These college-generated businesses are enabling our students to develop their professional skills and encouraging a sense of enterprise that many will not have been exposed to before. Although under the guidance of their lecturers, students take responsibility for the development of a budget, an income forecast, a marketing plan, and organising their work so they can deliver the product or service to their clientele.

Just in, we have received £40,000 of funding to deliver a food-in-the-community project. This project will look to carry on from the work of our Cashback Academy. Over the summer the students produced and edited short clips cooking with food parcels from the food banks. The importance of health and well-being in the community is a focus of the college and we look forward to bringing you further news when we launch the project.