New Mills School to Business Golf Challenge - 2 July 2009

The New Mills School to Business Golf Challenge

Thurs 2 July 2009


The New Mills School to Business challenge proved to be an excellent way of the New Mills School involving local businesses through the New Mills Business Network it runs. Although it was the first initiative of its kind organised through the Business Network, there were 8 school students playing with 8 local business people. David Hudsmith, prominent attendee of the Networking Group and Marketing Director of Stand Security Solutions, managed to leverage his links with with Jaguar to secure the involvement of Stratstone Stockport. Terry Strong of TaxAssist Accountants also generously contributed towards the initiative by providing two £30 Argos vouchers for the winning team.


Click for high definition imageThis was probably the hotest day of the year so far, and consequently everyone was in very high spirits for the more relaxed business networking opportunity (a game of golf whilst chatting about business). And with Stratstone Stockport agreeing to place a couple of new Jaguar cars at the clubhouse for people to view, everyone felt on top of the world - actually the Golf Club's unofficial motto! There was the new Jaguar XF and XK8 on show and Stratstone Stckport had kindly donated a T-Shirt prize for all the entrants.


Stratstone, keen to work with local businesses and charities also offered several prizes including the loan of the new Jaguar XF for a weekend, a free service, £100 worth of Jaguar accessories gift voucher and three full valets. David Hudsmith had just completed the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Francis House Childrens' Hospice, and it was agreed this would be an ideal opportunity to increase the money raised for Francis House by raffling the prizes donated by Stratstone. David nearly raised as much on the day as he did on the walk, and the raffle tickets will be available up to and including at the New Mills Business Network meeting starting 07.30 Tuesday 21st July 2009 where the draw will take place.


Click for larger resolution imageDavid was invited to join the New Mills School to Business Golf Challenge and although he doesn't play golf, he wanted to help make the day a success for the School and Business Network. Combining his involvement with Jaguar and Stratstone he decide to extend his Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Francis House with helping Stratstone get the word out about the desire to make firm connections with local businesses and charities. On the Three Peaks Challenge David climbed Teg's Nose, Shuttlingsloe and Shining Tor - a demanding 13.5 mile hike eased only by the promise of a bacon sandwich kindly provided at The Cat and Fiddle, in a gruelling 5 1/2 hrs in total. He was invited to take up this challenge through by partner Sue Brown an NHS manager in Stockport who managed to break her heel bone exactly one week after The Three Peaks challenge missing a step!


The golf was very enjoyable and the school students playing alongside their business connections for the day showed great maturity in relaxing their business partners who were generally unfamiliar with the course. It was also very good through this engagement for the students to get an insight into the human processes involved in establishing and developing business relations. And it was only fitting that two star players from New Mills School, Joe Bowers and Jake Unsworth won the team prize, donated by Terry Strong of TaxAssist Accountants, for overall best score - 'only fitting' bit as Joe Bowers has been working with the course professional in the shop and Jake was on placement in the shop for the 10 days before the challenge! Alex Rimmer (Sirona Solutions) won the nearest the hole on the 6th. Well done to you all! 


Terry Strong (TaxAssist Accountants) said 'Building and developing relationships is a vital component of running a successful business. I find myself talking to business people every day, but seldom get the opportunity to speak to the next generation of budding entrepreneurs. This golf day gave me the chance to meet some of these young people. TaxAssist Accountants will certainly participate in future events.'


Simon Belt (Simply Better IT) said 'The day turned out to be a joy and well worth organising it as an annual end of year event. I know that the scholl students thought of it as something of a day out, but to watch them relate to business people in such a relaxed manner was fantastic and is a credit to the school for helping to develop such mature young people. It was a great environment for business people to discuss some immediacies of work but more fruitfully the wider aspect of business networking and the development and integration of young talent into their businesses going forward.'


Chris Parkes (Microsoft) said 'Just wanted to let you know what a fantastic afternoon I had a the New Mills Business to Golf Challenge with the local school students - all of whom I found to be well presented, smart and willing to talk at length about their future career aspirations and interests.  Based on my experiences on the day, I'm confident that they have bright futures ahead of them.'


Chris Clayton (Grey Matters) said 'Fantastic weather, lovely environment and some mediocre golf (from myself).  Fortunately, Jack was there to show me how the game should be played. There are clearly some very talented individuals at New Mills school and it was great to be able to spend some time with them in a relaxed atmosphere, discussing some of the issues we face in our business life. I’m already looking forward to the next event.


Business Players: Simon Belt (Simply Better IT), Chris Clayton (Grey Matters), Terry Strong (TaxAssist Accountants), Billy Strong (TaxAssist Accountants), Chris Parkes (Microsoft), Chris Unsworth (Unsworth Funeral Directors), Alex Rimmer (Sirona Solutions), and Mr Worsley (PE Teacher New Mills School)


Student Players: Jake Unsworth, Joe Bowers, Sam Shaw, Jamie Monkman, Sean Stanton, Jack Hulse, Jack Marshall, and Rob Hannon.


High resolution photos from the day (must remember to get photos of prize giving and full team photo next year)


Many thanks to Terry Strong (TaxAssist Accountants), David Hudsmith (Stand Security Solutions), and Stratstone Stockport for the arrangement and donation of prizes. Raffle for the Strastone Stockport prizes to be drawn Tuesday 21 July at next Business Network meeting, raffle money to be donated to Francis House Childrens' Hospice. Many thanks also to Alison Hesford of New Mills School Business and Enterprise College for her support throughout.


And coverage of the event in the Buxton Advertiser:

Buxton Advertiser

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