Students help plan celebration

Students help plan Knowsley Development Trusts milestone celebration
Marketing students from Edge Hill University are helping an award-winning Knowsley social enterprise to plan its 25th anniversary celebrations later this year.

As part of the Ormskirk facility’s business-based learning programme, the undergraduates are working with Knowsley Development Trust on an events campaign to highlight the organisation’s key achievements over the past quarter of a century,

Knowsley Development Trust ploughs back all the profits from its North Mersey Business Centre headquarters into regeneration and community projects.

The Business Centre - which occupies a previously derelict
7.5-acre site on the fringes of Knowsley Industrial Park - is now a thriving business hub, home to 110 companies employing more than 750 people.
The surpluses it generates help to fund projects including community transport operation Your Travel Boroughwide, and Knowsley Enterprise Academy which provides business-based activities for young people.

The success of the Trust’s work was recognised recently when it was awarded the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for a second time.

The brief given to the Edge Hill students was to develop a programme of high-impact events including a centrepiece celebration evening for several hundred guests.

Other elements of the campaign could include an exhibition on the organisation’s history, and staging a series of open days at the business centre site.

The students have come up with some innovative ideas, including holding the main event in a disused World War
Two bunker in Kirkby, which the development trust iscurrently redeveloping for business use.

Knowsley Enterprise Academy Projects Manager, Sue Temple-Fielding, who co-ordinated the initiative with Edge Hill, said: “The students are a great group of young people and it’s been a pleasure to work with them on this project.

“They’ve put forward some excellent ideas and we’re now evaluating their proposals before making a final decision on the format of our celebrations in the autumn.”

Student Sam Mountford added: “Working on this project has helped us all to realise the full extent of the working world, and provided us with many new skills that will be beneficial to us in the future.” 
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