Level 3 Business Administration students have been working in partnership with The Braishfield Pantry, a community shop and café based in Romsey, to help the organisation improve their profitability.
Braishfield Pantry is a local shop run by volunteers who sell essential groceries, newspapers, local meats, cheeses and preserves, in addition to a small café which serves hot drinks and homemade cakes. The organisation tasked the students to come up with new ideas on how the Pantry could improve its profits.
The students worked in groups and generated excellent ideas on how the organisation could be more effective. Since the visit, the students will develop their research and proposals further, ready to present to the Chair of Braishfield Pantry early this year.
Business Administration student, Jade, who is 19, explains some of their ideas. “We thought it would be a good idea to run movie nights and make movie hampers. The public could pay for a ticket or purchase a hamper to take away with them for a movie night at home, which would hopefully increase the organisation’s profits.”
Iain Coleman from The Braishfield Pantry comments, “Working with the students at Eastleigh College gives us a new insight and challenges our current thinking. The main thing is getting a different perspective from a different age group. At the moment the students are developing some interesting ideas and we look forward to hearing their detailed plans to help improve our profitability.”
Working with Braishfield Pantry was a valuable opportunity for students to think creatively about ideas for the business, as well as working with the organisation to understand what has been tried before and what has and hasn’t worked previously. The visit helped embed the students’ learning by enabling them to apply skills to real-life scenarios, which will help them into employment after college.
To find out more about the Business Administration courses at Eastleigh College, please visit the careers page or call 023 8091 1299.