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Linda's A Winner After Selling Her Plans

A Coventry University graduate is launching a new career after winning a competition to present her ideas for a successful business.

Linda Copeland from Hinckley scooped £1,125 for the way she presented her business plan as part of the university’s Springboard scheme.

She received a score of 100 per cent for her plan, with one of the judges - a local bank manager - remarking that if she presented it to him at his bank he would immediately provide start-up capital.

Springboard is offered through the University’s Graduates into Business scheme and is supported by the European Union’s European Social Fund, the Coventry Centre for Investment, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Training and Enterprise, and the Prince’s Business Trust.

It provides 13 weeks’ training and business development for budding entrepreneurs, during which they develop a comprehensive business plan for their new enterprise.

Linda, who holds a degree in Art and Craft from Coventry University, said she will use her prize money, together with £250 already awarded to her under the scheme, to launch a decorative ceramics business.

She said:

“Each piece is hand-made and fired and is unique.

 “I am also interested in selling my ceramics through local business in the Midlands and would be happy to discuss my work with shops and art and craft outlets.

“I have really enjoyed Springboard and have found it very useful in planning my new business. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of starting their own business.” 

She added that she will use some of her prize money to showcase her products at next year’s Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, where she hopes to take commissions and find outlets for her work.

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CWN / Education / Universities / Coventry University / 22 May 00

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