Business Students Enjoy a Visit

HNC business students enjoy visit from the Printed Bag Shop

How do you solve the plastic problem?

Local business owner, Craig Smith, Managing Director, from The Printed Bag Shop, came to Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College to speak to HNC Business students, in his endeavour to become a plastic free business. The students will provide him with new potential alternatives for plastic bags and packaging, through innovative practices, without sacrificing his mission of being the best printed bag supplier. Within moments of Craig leaving the college, students were using a variety of techniques to kick start their live project.

Nicole Emmonds, from Whitley Bay said:

It was great to have an opportunity to work on a live brief for an actual local business. It was interesting to learn what Craig’s challenges will be over source alternative solutions to using plastic. He has a great work ethos and it was nice to hear from a business owner who invests so much into their team. We couldn’t wait to start working on an innovation funnel to scope out our project ideas.

At The Printed Bag Shop, they focus on the importance of getting the design just right for their clients to ensure they are providing the best brand visibility opportunities. All their products can be personalised, with the option to pick materials, colours, textures, sizes and designs for all printed bags and packaging.

The business which has grown substantially since its creation 13 years ago, is looking for ways that reduce the impact of its operations whilst ensure the needs of its clients are being met to a high standard. Craig Smith, Managing Director, The Printed Bag Shop, said:

We are looking at a variety of ways to bring sustainable, eco-friendly bags and packaging to the market. Whether this should be through our own innovation or through one of our suppliers. Working with Queen Alexandra’s innovative students seemed a perfect opportunity to give them experience of working with a client, whilst bringing their innovation knowledge and skills to our business. It was really unusual to speak to students about particular products rather than just about my business overall, but I am excited to see their presentations later in the year.

Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College offers A-Levels and Level 3 BTEC courses in a variety of subjects. Students can study a Higher National Certificate, as well as the Higher National Diploma in Business or Fine Art, or they can study a HNC/HND programme in Education, Health Care, Computing or Engineering at Tyne Met College.

Both Colleges are part of Tyne Coast College. Lee Patterson, Head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College said:

The Higher National Certificate is a new innovative programme for Queen Alexandra and it has proven extremely popular as a course already. It is important that students of all our courses have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals and visit workplace environments. It is great that local businesses want to support our students and help us to provide interesting industry-led programmes. Live briefs are an important part of this because it allows our students to have an impact in the North East economy, through the projects they are working on.

If you would like to apply for the HNC in Business programme for September 2020, details can be found on our website or at our open events. Visit our Events page for more info.

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