Business Club Forum Returns to SJT

For its sophomore Business Club event, Sir John Talbot’s welcomed ‘serial entrepreneur’ Vic Morgan to the school on Wednesday 11th May, where he gave an inspiring and insightful talk about digital innovation as well as the importance of looking after staff members and the realities of life as an entrepreneur.

 After discussing his own background in business and defining what is meant by ‘digital innovation’, Vic spoke about the constantly shifting digital landscape and how businesses will benefit from not only keeping up with changing trends, but also predicting them. He went on to discuss how some ‘old school businesses’ are finding a new lease of life by merging digital and physical strategies such as ‘Click & Collect’ before stressing the importance for any business of tracking website analytics.

American-born Vic has over 25 years’ experience in global business, specialising in digital innovation, online trading and ethical commerce. As the founder and Managing Director of Venture Stream Ltd, a full-service agency specialising in digital marketing and e-commerce ventures, he currently works with an impressive range of clients that includes The Pen Shop, Barbour, Planet Organic, Yogamatters, Smithers-Oasis and Ringtons.

After graduating with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Vic achieved success as a management consultant and dot-com entrepreneur in New York, where he co-founded his first pioneering dot-com business, oneNest.com, with its mission to help bridge the digital divide by promoting handmade products from producers around the globe. In 2006 Vic created Ethicalsuperstore.com, an ethical online department store selling gifts, gadgets and groceries. The UK-based ‘ethical Amazon’ quickly rose to national prominence as market leader and was sold to a national fulfilment business Spark Response in 2011.

Headteacher, David O’Toole, commented, “It was a great privilege to welcome Vic Morgan to the school. His insights into modern business were undoubtedly invaluable to everyone that attended. The atmosphere at the event was wonderful, and we could not have asked for a better guest speaker for our second event than Vic.”

Mr O’Toole opened the event, welcoming Vic and giving attendees a chance to learn more about some of the initiatives he hopes will bring the business community together in the future, including the launch of the Future’s Award, which will be rolled out at SJT in September.

The Futures Award is being put in place to ensure students leave school equipped with the skills they need to enter employment and aims to record students’ achievements in the community, in employment environments, in the classroom and in creative settings. It offers a unique opportunity for students at the school to make a significant investment into their future career prospects, and the school is keen to involve local organisations who wish to support the development of the town’s young people – their potential future workforce.

The Business Club event, which is sponsored by Whitchurch’s largest employer, Grocontinental, aims to bring together the local business community and combines the chance to hear from inspirational guest speakers with opportunities for informal business networking. Mr O’Toole added, “We want members of our local business community to meet and inspire one another, and to hear from a range of interesting, engaging and motivational speakers. Vic embodies all of these qualities and many more.”

The date and speaker for the next Business Club Forum will be announced very soon. To find out more about the next event or to learn more about the Futures Award and how you can get involved, please email howes.a@marchesschool.net.

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Posted by marchesadmin on 16th May 2016, under Uncategorized


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