A group of our Business Studies students have recently visited one of the town’s largest stores to help provide them with knowledge of a multinational organisation for their forthcoming A2 course - meeting up with the store manager and community champion at Tesco’s extra store in Copdock.
The manager, Jon Bandell, gave an insight into working for one of the UK’s biggest brands. He explained that this particular store employs 500 staff (including around 50 managers), caters for 40,000 customers a week, has their busiest shopping days during the Christmas period and that the company has stores in the Far East and Europe.He also discussed how online shopping was an important part of the future direction of the company as they look to sell more non-food related items.
After the presentation, the group went on a tour of the store with community champion – Mandy Lloyd. She said, “My role is to bridge the link between our store and the local community. On average we have around one visit a week from local groups and schools and we also support a variety of charity campaigns in the town. One of Tesco’s charities of choice this year is Diabetes UK – so only last week I volunteered to help out at local fundraising event.”
She added, “It was great to meet the students from One. They were very well behaved and asked some very insightful questions. We have helped supply prizes for student charity campaigns in the past and we hope to be able to support other similar campaigns in the future.”
Teacher of Business and Economics, Justin Bareham, said, “We would like to thanks Tesco for supporting our students. It was an interesting visit that gave our learners some practical ‘real life’ examples to some of the business subjects that they are studying. Later this month, we are visiting Canary Wharf and the Bank of England, these additional trips to established brands and businesses are useful in helping the subject of business come to life.”