The Briar Chemical Employability Award 2016 – By Dimitrios Dousios

The 1st ‘Introduction to Business’ year 1 module students were presented with a unique opportunity to compete for a place in the final for the modules employability award. This was a newly introduced task sponsored by Briar Chemicals, the region’s leading chemicals company and the Site Manager Tim Green and IT Manager Nick Burr consisted the panel that selected the three winning teams.

Following an initial period of preparation, 6 teams have been shortlisted for the award from a total number of 72 teams. Students were requested to prepare a poster on an organisation of their choice, using one of the business frameworks introduced in the module.


Dimitrios Dousios, Tim Green & Nick Burr from Briar Chemicals with all participating students

The Briar Chemical panellists indicated that they were very pleased from the quality of presentations. The winning team presented the case of Apple and the innovation framework that underpins the organisation’s competitiveness. The team leader Claudia Melia indicated that this was a challenging but very rewarding task.


Winners – Apple: Claudia Melia, Leanne green, Bethany McElwaine, Anni Valentine, Anna Rayner and Ellie Cormack  


Joint Runners Up – L’Oreal: Emily Venn, Zara Purvey, Katie Crisall and Lucy Knowles 


 Joint Runners Up – Tesla: Alex Leung, Mike Toole, Nikta Kermani , Grace Oliver and Phoebe Richards

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Virgin Galactic – Joint Third Place: Maria Faud, Ben Gaunt, Kara Langford, Zoe Haf Weale, Jack Phillips and Farzad Shahabuddin


 Naked Wines – Joint Third Place: Luke Bennett, Tiffany Harley, Niamh Ruane, Jethro Barnsley, Tom Douglas and Dani Mallam


With many thanks to Dimitrios Dousios for contributing to the NBS Blog.



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