Catering Students Become Business Movers and Shakers

Wed, 2000-12-27 00:00

A group of catering students at East Durham College have recently set up a new enterprise project selling milkshakes, based at their Peterlee Campus, and are delighted with the sales at the end of their first week in business.

The seven full time students, aged between 17 and 19, set up a milkshake bar which they have called ‘Soul Shakes’. The new venture is part of an enterprise project ran at the College aimed at helping students get a real feel for setting up and running their own business.

Soul Shakes opened on Monday and is selling a variety of milkshake flavours from Jaffa Cake to Oreos, as well as Smoothies such as Banana and Honey and Summer Fruits.

After hearing about other Enterprise Projects at the College the catering students came up with the concept whilst discussing ideas during one of their lessons.

Following research into the idea and finding out it would be a real hit with other students, they pitched their idea and business plan to Durham’s Enterprise Learning Partnership (ELP) - competing against a large number of other groups from local schools and colleges and were delighted when they found out they’d successfully secured the funding needed to set up Soul Shakes.

Jean Taylor, Head of Level 2 Catering at the College, said: “They’ve done most of the work themselves, researching into suppliers for example. I’ve just been here to guide them along the way; mainly helping them with the business side of things as it was all new to them. I’m very pleased with their progress. They are doing a wonderful job.”

Project Manager of Soul Shakes student Adam Jordan, aged 18 from Trimdon, added: “I’m really enjoying what we’re doing here. It’s a great experience. It really teaches you how to run a business, giving an insight into the likes of ordering supplies and business admin. You don’t realise the amount of paperwork that goes on in a business.

“Obviously there have been hard aspects but its amazing seeing what goes on behind the scenes and getting a better understanding of business as a whole.”

Soul Shakes is located beside the College’s Scene1 Restaurant and is open to students, staff and the public everyday between 11am till 2pm.