FREE Business Breakfast Briefing with Suma12th March 2014
Ever thought about setting up your own business? Calderdale College will be hosting a Business Breakfast Briefing with Suma to kick start the College’s annual Industry Week.
Gary Scott, who is a member of the Management Committee, National Account Manager and Truck Loader at Suma will be delivering a one hour talk on how to create a successful business with an engaged workforce.
This is a great opportunity for local businesses, the wider community and College students and staff to network as well as expand their knowledge and share ideas.
Suma is a specialist wholesaler of Organic, Fairtrade, Natural and Vegetarian products based in Elland, however Suma is no ordinary wholesaler; they are the world's largest equal-pay Workers' Cooperative and one of the most sort after organisations within our region to work for. Suma has managed to mix business with ethics for nearly 40 years, whilst remaining commercially viable. With no traditional management structure and a 170 multi-skilled workforce, Suma still produce a profit with a turnover of £34m. But how do they do it?
Halifax Courier Employer of the Year Award winners, Suma, has a lengthy list of none traditional principles and are strong believers in employee engagement; their recent successes have been catching the eyes of some very influential people. Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls recently visited Suma and was very impressed with what he saw.
During the Breakfast Briefing Gary will be exploring the differences between Suma and some of the more traditional businesses, alongside how some of Suma’s more radical ideas can be incorporated within a business to produce a happy, engaged workforce which is essential to driving growth.
This is a great opportunity for local businesses to learn how to explore and adapt Suma’s ideas to their business. This session is one of many offered to students throughout Industry Week - a week packed full of a wide range of events and activities for students across the College. The week is designed to create confidence, enhance skills, raise employability skills; along with allowing students to gain a great insight into their chosen industry as well as the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience.
Come and find out if the principles that make Suma such an unusual workplace could be applied to your business.
- The talk will take place between 8am-9am on 24th March in the Empty Space Theatre at Calderdale College.
- The briefing is free and open to all.
- Breakfast will be provided and there will be an opportunity to network with other attendees.
Written by Billy-Jo Cochrane, Level 3 Travel & Tourism student