Student Project Case Studies
To get a feel for some of the companies benefitting from Student Projects, take a look at some of our case studies:
This newly established charity whose residential centres will provide respite, plus some counselling, education and training, for veterans from all three forces seized on the opportunity offered by the IEED to bring in a team of Lancaster MBA students for a short consultancy project.
The Darwen-based manufacturer of bespoke timber doors and windows commissioned a team of undergraduate management students to do a rigorous analysis of the company’s current marketing strategy.
Lonsdale & Partners is a firm of chartered accountants and business advisers operating primarily in Lancashire and Cumbria. It has three offices, in Lancaster, Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale, and an extensive customer base of businesses and private tax clients.
Smith & Smith PR, founded in 2002, is a fast-growing public relations agency based in Manchester city centre, which has seen its turnover and staff more than double in the past 12 months.
"The team presented themselves in a mature and professional manner. I found them to be motivated, intelligent and, as a team, good communicators. If the opportunity arises in the future then I would be interested in working with them further."
-- Robert Wakeling, Wadaro Ltd.
"The students were very enthusiastic throughout the process. I was impressed with the amount of information they were able to find without the need of my help, and understand the business and its products in a very short time with minimal client contact. The suggestions the team has given created critical decision making, steering the company in a more focused direction."
-- Kenneth Cheung, BEEcycle Ltd.
"The students were highly professional, very well organised, diligent, committed and analytical in their approach to the project. They very quickly gained a good understanding of what was initially a new business sector to them, and made a very valuable contribution to the company’s business planning processes."
-- Graham Frost, Learningbeck Ltd
"The commitment & effort shown by the students was exceptional. They have developed a concept from scratch, on their own initiative & supported by a considerable level of detail, that represents a real & innovative opportunity. The proposal is already sufficiently advanced to allow us to present it to and consult with both internal colleagues & external advisers. We believe that we now have a viable proposition that we are ready to test, within the next few months thanks to the progress made by the team on implementation planning. If successful, it would make a significant & sustainable contribution and develop our longer term plans with some confidence."
-- Peter Hearne, CancerCare.
“Professionalism and Enthusiasm”
-– Andrew Ive, Ivedesign Ltd
“…Having now thoroughly read and digested all the information produced I remain amazed at the depth, accuracy and direct relevance to the project. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the information and analysis provided goes beyond what I would have been able to think of myself. I remain amazed and exceptionally pleased at how the whole matter has been conducted, from what seems to me to be minimal consultation time the students have produced excellent results.”
-– Lorraine Hodgkinson, Herbs and Helpers
“All our partners have now had a chance to read the report and we are all really pleased with the results. Due to the efficiency of the team of students, we are now able to actively use this research within the real time planning of our new company – hopefully they will have helped towards creating an exciting new business.”
-– Kate Gardner, Gardner Consulting Ltd
“How easy it was to submit the brief right through to getting the final results and conclusions”
-– Nathan Smith, Smith & Smith PR Ltd
Student Placement Case Study
Third year Marketing Management student Sarah Cooper is completing her placement at Low Sizergh Barn just outside of Kendal.