Pearson Business Digest
Welcome to Pearson Business Digest - the perfect accompaniment to your tea break to get you up to date on hot topics in the world of business.
Our latest edition includes insight into life as an entrepreneur, the ongoing debate of degrees vs degree apprenticeships, and understanding why both business and creative skills are important in organisations.
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Vice Principal, Pearson Business School
Starting a business is no mean feat, it comes with its own unique challenges for today’s entrepreneur to face. Innovation is key, but so is bringing something different to the table, which, with hundreds of businesses already in existence, is a difficult task.
I met with George Olesen, CEO and founder of The Access Platform (TAP), to ask what he was never told when setting up a business.
A degree on its own is no longer the passport to a good job that it once was. Traditionally, people went to university to train for the professions such as medicine, law, and academia. In an increasingly competitive job market, and with record numbers of young people obtaining degrees, school leavers need to differentiate themselves from their peers to get ahead.
Staying ahead of competitors requires creative thinking. Without creative minds, organisations will struggle to think of unique ways of doing things. However the business minds are equally vital; they are the backbone of organisations, ensuring the day-to-day operations run smoothly. The creative sector has huge growth potential. In 2016, the creative industries were worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy people.
Is consumer buying behaviour as we know it, changing? We’ve seen the increase in online shopping, with more people choosing the convenience of shopping from their homes over cheaper in-store prices, suggesting that even at a time when most are on the prowl for the best bargain or money-saving tips - convenience still over rules. It’s got us thinking, are there other ways in which businesses can make shopping more convenient for us all?
From selling sauce out of his backpack at Notting Hill Carnival to the founder of a Caribbean food and drink brand worth over £30 million, Levi Roots is certainly an inspirational entrepreneur. Pearson Business School students were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet with Levi himself during our one week long Careers Fair, and learn about his fascinating route to success.
For all those who have attended university, I’m sure the fond memories that you look back on aren't whilst you were sleep-deprived, with your head sunken into academic literature, trying to write your final year dissertation. But for three of our pupils here at Pearson Business School, the stresses of final year are nothing but another challenge.
Ed Barton, Co-Founder of Curiscope, is disrupting the edtech scene. The twenty-seven year old has been nominated for Forbes 30 under 30 award. An award which highlights the brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents under thirty years of age.
For those discount-divers, what if I told you that for as little as £2 you could get a meal from a top London restaurant? Just like me you’d most probably assume there is a catch. But in fact all it requires you to do is download the free app ‘Too Good to Go’.