VEKA bosses talk business with Young Enterprise entrepreneurs
March 8, 2015
The school has an enduring relationship with The VEKA UK Group which, as the country’s leading manufacturer of PVC-U window systems for the glazing industry, is a major employer – both at its Farrington Road, Burnley HQ and composite doors plant in Minworth.
The ten-strong team of Young Enterprise participants had developed an innovative tooth care kit, designed to encourage young children to learn to brush their teeth. Going under the company name, Diddy Doo Dahs, the group met with praise from the assembled panel of Directors, which included VEKA UK Group MD, Dave Jones
“Besides having a great product idea,” Dave commented, “Diddy Doo Dahs must be commended for their enthusiasm – a virtue that will always stand them in good stead in the world of business.”
Colin Torley, The VEKA UK Group’s Sales and Marketing Director, and Finance Director Graham Fitton were also on hand to give a well-rounded perspective of the many elements that make up a successful business. The challenging series of questions they fielded ranged from the principles of running a company to how to approach strategies of marketing and supply and demand.
Dave explains: “At The VEKA UK Group we’ve been committed to nurturing young talent in business for over 20 years, through our long-standing apprenticeship programme and working with local community groups such as the students at Hameldon. Who knows whether one of the pupils in the room today could be the next Bill Gates or Alan Sugar?
“We hope our interaction with Hameldon pupils goes some way to setting them on a course in business that they find both enjoyable and rewarding. We’ve certainly enjoyed meeting them and responding to their questions, some of which were pretty tricky! At some points, I’m not sure who was learning from who!”
If you’d like to learn more about how The VEKA UK Group engages with the local community, its Investors In People status and the benefits it offers employees, visit the employment page of its website: www.vekauk.com