Working with schools to help them GENERATE REVENUE and DRIVE DOWN COSTS, to ensure that more money is retained in education.
Helping students bridge the gap between education and the workplace, by sharing business skills and knowledge to help prepare the next generation of employees and entrepreneurs.
Working with schools to identify their assets, the required level of funding and how sponsorship can be raised from commercial organisations via the creation of mutually beneficial partnerships. This might involve trialling new and innovative products, receiving discounts for collaborative procurement or creating a sponsorship programme for income or pro bono services.
Benefit from our experience in running Local Authority Education Procurement Services for Devon County Council and Commercial Education Supplies for The Consortium, for councils and schools throughout the South West of England and Wales. Let us help you create virtual buying groups, to benefit from collaborative procurement.
Operational risk is "The risk of loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people and systems or from external events", and it increasingly a case of "when" rather than "if" schools will have to deal with a major incident.
The General Data Protection Regulation places specific legal obligations on you regarding the maintenance of records of personal data and processing activities and you will have legal liability if you are responsible for a breach.
Cybercrime: You must prepare for risk in the digital world and the education of your staff and students is your most effective weapon against cyber criminals. Modern technology has brought huge benefits to education, but as schools become ever more reliant on technology, the risk of cyber-attack becomes more acute.
This encompasses planning and preparation, to ensure that your school/s can continue to operate in case of serious incidents or disasters and is able to recover to an operational state within a reasonably short period. Business continuity includes three key elements of Resilience: critical business functions and the supporting infrastructure must be designed in such a way that they are materially unaffected by relevant disruptions.
Recovery: arrangements have to be made to recover or restore critical and less critical business functions that fail for some reason. Contingency: the organisation establishes a generalised capability and readiness to cope effectively with whatever major incidents and disasters occur, including those that were not, and perhaps could not have been, foreseen. Contingency preparations constitute a last-resort response if resilience and recovery arrangements should prove inadequate in practice.
Creation and implementation of workshops and business challenges, to mentor students in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
Social Enterprise Qualification programme
The SEQ combines enterprise and ethics in a nationally recognised qualification for young people.
We live in a world that is changing fast; the Social Enterprise Qualification provides structure, encouragement and accreditation for budding Social Entrepreneurs of any age.
It builds ethical enterprise skills and gives learners the confidence to make positive social change for themselves and others. The SEQ has set out to create a generation who think and act differently in response to the challenges we all face today.
The SEQ is a level 2 qualification on the Qualification and Credits Framework (QCF) and is currently available as a Certificate (Bronze) and an Award (Silver). The SEQ has been developed by the Real Ideas Organisation and is awarded by SFEDI, the UK sector skills body for enterprise.
ZENEN Business Challenge
Hosted within either a single school or as an inter-school ‘Business Challenge’ day. The schools work in teams to compete in a marketing challenge, assisted by student mentors from the University of Exeter, to create a marketing campaign and to produce a business plan to justify why they should be awarded the £3000 start-up funding. It concludes with a team presentation to a judging panel of teachers and business people.
Mentoring and Coaching Student Entrepreneurs to help them develop:
Application of the theory learned in lessons
Soft skills essential for business
West Exe Secondary School
"I started working with David just over two years ago when he invited me to put forward a team to compete in the ZENEN Business Challenge. David is an amazingly generous person with a real passion for bringing enterprise to life in schools. He sees the potential in young people and has a knack for engaging them and letting them see the possibilities; encouraging them to try new ideas with a 'why not?' approach.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending David and I personally value all the time and effort he has put into our projects. He is always at the end of a phone or email and always with an answer or contact to help us help our students. One of David's greatest qualities is his calm, matter-of-fact manner and his ability to inspire students; often by simply showing them that he takes their ideas seriously.
To say 'schools need people like David if they are to effectively bridge the gap between workplace and classroom' is true, however, what they really need IS David!"
Julie Poynsenby Head of Business, Computing & Enterprise
University of Exeter
"Having worked on a startup for the last year, I can easily say that David is one of the key people responsible for the success that I’ve achieved. It is incredible to see a person with his experience that is so open to helping students. I first met him at a Go to Market workshop that he led at the Innovation Centre. He left me impressed with the engagement levels that he had achieved with the audience. David is not just an expert in the area of business coaching, he is also an excellent communicator who knows how to get people in the right state of mind to open up and unleash their potential. Therefore, I can’t recommend him enough to anyone that is in need of strategic advice.”
Konstantin Delov, Co-Founder Siymb
David worked with the team members of Siymb, who won the Microsoft UK Imagine Cup Innovation Competition and then went on to win the World Innovation Competition Semi finals in Seattle.
"David has been a tremendous asset to the Devon Young Enterprise Board as he brings a depth of knowledge in the education sector which has been invaluable in helping us plan and manage our strategy. I can definitely recommend David to anyone wishing extensive and comprehensive knowledge of our education sector."
Ian McGregor, Chair YE Devon Local Volunteer Board