Fashion business students hold Spring Fair

School of Materials Fashion students' Spring Fair

Fashion Business and Business Project students from the School of Materials held their Spring Fair at the end of March in Renold Building Concourse.

Visitors to the event were able to check out the Spring 2017 product ranges of 13 student companies. Items for sale included homeware, unisex fashion clothing, accessories, footwear, jewellery, novelty lingerie, stationery, cards and travel pin boards. The day was a great success, and every company involved reported sales.  

The event was held as part of the Final Year Business Project module, and provided students with the experience of running a company. Each company had an elected board of directors and had to raise capital for, market and finance their chosen product or service. This afforded them with a greater understanding of the relationship between effort, teamwork, management and success.

Students and staff from across the university visited the stalls throughout the day, and the occasion was well received by all.

Commenting on the success of the event, Tony Walker, Director of Innovation Optimiser at University of Manchester’s Agent for Intellectual Property Commercialisation, said: “It shows the entrepreneurial and innovative nature of textiles.”

Martin Henery, from the Manchester Enterprise Centre, added: “It’s really great to see students at a show like this who are actually starting down that path to think about innovation and enterprise and how they might start their own businesses. It’s really, really good to see!”

The Spring Fair was organised by students with Louise F. Reid, Graduate Teaching Assistant and Presidents Doctoral Scholar. 

The Final Year Business Project module is led by Dr Gianpaolo Vignali, Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Materials, with Lecturer in Computer Aided Design Aurelie Le-Normand and Lecturer in Design Victoria Wheeler.

At the end of the module, the student companies will enter voluntary liquidation, and students will present a report and accounts to their shareholders.

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