As part of Benenden’s Enterprise Challenge, where students go head-to-head to create their own, competitive business, Six One (Year 12) students heard from two speakers on the subject of sustainability.
First, the School’s Director of International and Strategic Projects Matt Commander talked to students about sustainability in business and encouraged them to find ways of demonstrating sustainable credentials in their Enterprise Challenge entries.
Next, the students heard from Benenden parent and entrepreneur Jeff Kirby, the CEO and Founder of Irbis Capital Partners, an investment manager centred on logistics and supply chain.
Kirby gave the audience an insight into what, for him, are the core values needed to be a successful entrepreneur, including caring for staff and customers, transparency, long-term strategic thinking, doing things properly and embracing simplicity. He suggested that the key requirements for success include tenacity, drive, resilience and hard work.
A sustainability or charitable element is a requirement of the Enterprise Challenge, and forms one of the judging criteria in the Dragons’ Den-style finale.