Level 3 Business Administration students have been working in partnership The Braishfield Pantry, a community shop and café based in Romsey, to help the business grow and attract new customers.
Braishfield Pantry is a local shop run by volunteers selling essential groceries, newspapers and local meats, cheeses and preserves, in addition to a small café serving hot drinks and homemade cakes. They tasked the students to research three main areas; food, social and clubs, to come up with new ideas on how the Pantry could attract new audiences.
Neve Kean and Sophie Cotton came up with ideas which involved engaging all age ranges, from local Brownies to elderly care homes. They said, “We thought it would be a good idea to try and engage local care homes and youth groups by running seasonal lunches, where they could use the local products for the food. It would also give them an opportunity to sell their products and get the community involved.”
Iain Coleman from The Braishfield Pantry came to the College to discuss the students’ ideas, and was impressed with their creativity, “We are developing our business plan for 2017 and wanted to get the insight of a younger age range and independent views on what we are doing.
“The students gave a lot of thought into what they would expect from a local shop / cafe and we are using their ideas to help us construct a plan. Hopefully it has also given the students some ideas of the issues we face and the decisions that have to be made. We look forward to a continued partnership with the students visiting the Pantry in the near future to get hands on experience of the plan in action.”
Working with The Braishfield Pantry has helped embed the students’ learning by enabling them to apply their skills to a real-world scenario, which in turn will help the transition from College to employment. Both Neve and Sophie are hoping to progress onto Apprenticeships after they complete their course next summer, and feel working with Braishfield has helped develop their team working skills, “It has been interesting to work with a real business - we have had to manage and prioritise our workload in a team, research our own ideas and take a professional approach.”
To find out more about the Business Administration courses at Eastleigh College, please visit the course page or call 023 8091 1299.