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Lettings agency works with university in two-way business exercise

A lettings agency has teamed up with a university to give young students an insight into how small businesses operate.

Priestley’s, a West Yorkshire agency, is worked with the University of Bradford and has already seen three teams of international students undertake short entrepreneurial consultancy projects with the firm as part of their 15-month Masters studies in Applied Management and Entrepreneurship.

The Bradford Telegraph reports that director James Priestley and branch managers Andrea Binns and Samantha Tetley worked with the 11 students who were challenged to find growth areas for the agency in terms of new business opportunities and more efficient and effective operating procedures. 

James Priestley, director of the firm, tells the Telegraph: “We are strong advocates of education and training, employing apprentices and graduates from the local area. We were all thrilled with the high standard of work on show. The students brought their A-game to the challenge, showcasing the incredible business talent that Bradford is fostering. Well done to all involved.”

Professor Vishanth Weerakkody, associate dean at the Faculty of Management and Law, is also quoted as saying: “Entrepreneurship is a central theme in the School of Management. This joint project between Priestley’s and students and staff at the School of Management is a wonderful opportunity to develop entrepreneurial talent that can contribute to our local economies.


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