Nov 7, 2011

Business Studies students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have been developing their taste for business with a unique and mouth-wateringly exciting enterprise workshop – with The Ministry of Chocolate!

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A mixture of A Level and Vocational students took part in the event, which saw them welcome The Minister for Chocolate, Karl Turner from The Ministry of Chocolate, which is the UK’s leading provider of interactive chocolate workshops and teambuilding events. Working with large blue chip companies, professional firms, small businesses, non-profit making organisations and many colleges and universities each year, the Ministry of Chocolate runs a variety of innovative workshops which enhance creativity, team-building and enterprise skills – whilst using everyone’s favourite treat – chocolate!

During the workshop, the students learnt about the history and development of the chocolate industry and then got stuck into designing and making their own chocolate products. Tasked with coming up with their own chocolate brand the students showed outstanding creativity and fantastic business skills in developing their own unique product.

After much deliberation (and tasting!), the team who created ‘Dark Desire’ were the winners! This team came up with a winning idea of creating a ‘his and hers’ style chocolate. Carl commented that some of their ideas could make it onto supermarket shelves and the winning product was an incredibly innovative idea. He said “I was extremely impressed with Business Studies students’ level of creativity – they showed real flare and imagination and their presentations were excellent.”

Business Studies tutor Justine Thatcher said, “The Business Studies department at the College is dedicated to providing its students with real-life experiences which enhance their understanding of the business concepts being studied in class. Although we see a large proportion of our students head off to some of the best universities each year, a large number also decide to go out into the world of work and some even start their own businesses, based on the entrepreneurial skills they have acquired whilst at college. This event gave the students a real ‘taste’ of developing a brand and business idea and feedback from them has been extremely positive.”