Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Featured Q&A article with Bristol Entrepreneurs’ Society president, Joshua Greenidge.

Value Penguin, a price comparison website, approached the Enterprise team to find a great student representative of enterprise activity at UoB to do a Q&A interview with them. Joshua Greenidge, president of the Bristol Entrepreneurs’ Society (BES) seemed like the perfect person for the job and this featured article does him enormous credit.

Joshua Greenidge is studying Anthropology with Innovation and expects to graduate in 2020. Joshua first entered the University of Bristol in 2016 through the Foundation Year in the Arts & Humanities, a one-year program that is designed to enable a diverse group of students to enter university who may not have a traditional student profile.

What has your experience in the programme been like at your university? (Perhaps you could tell us about both the Entrepreneurial Services at Bristol and also the Anthropology with Innovation programme.)

It’s been AMAZING! I left secondary school early and was educated at home due to being dyslexic so I didn’t really know what to expect. I applied to Bristol knowing that I wanted to immerse myself in the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem that the city has to offer, but I didn’t expect the community to be so welcoming, or for there to be so many opportunities.

Since starting at Bristol in September I have regularly attended Basecamp events and workshops delivered by the former Entrepreneur in Residence Jack Farmer, and I’ve recently taken over as President of the student-run Bristol Entrepreneurs’ Society.

I have also participated in the first round of the New Enterprise Competition, and am currently completing the Santander Universities Internship Scheme. The internship is an especially valuable resource for students as it provides the funds needed to really test their idea, while also providing them with a dedicated team of advisers that can be called upon if you need extra guidance.

This year is going to see a lot of changes taking place across the university with regards to its entrepreneurial provision, and I expect that students starting this year will have a great collection of workshops, events and meet ups to attend throughout their first year at Bristol.

Why should other students consider your degree and/or university?

The University of Bristol is one of those places where things can really happen. If you’re interested in deep academic learning, but you also want to combine technical real world experience with your time at university, there are lots of great opportunities that enable you to do that.

I would advise all students considering Bristol to look at the university in a much broader context than other institutions. The university’s location in the heart of the city gives you great access to a vast number of very enterprising companies, and there are some very innovative start-ups in the Bristol-Bath area for you to land that career-enhancing internship.

I would also suggest that students look into the Careers Service and student-run societies. There is a great community spirit at Bristol and I feel that the university leads the pack when it comes to creating a multidisciplinary learning environment.

Potential students should also look at the newly announced Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus to see what’s to come in the future.

 

To read the rest of Josh’s article please go to this link

Alumni guest blog: Euan Mann (2003, Economics BSc)

Learn about Bristol graduate, Euan Mann; a soft commodities expert and business owner:

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So you graduated from Bristol; what happened next?

In my final year I went through the selection process for a few graduate schemes and I realised that they didn’t feel quite right. I decided to apply for a Tropical Commodities Analyst role at a commodities trading house and was successful. The pay was lower than a typical grad scheme but the role sounded a lot more interesting. I was drawn to the prospect of regular travel and working in a smaller team with good one-to-one mentoring.

After a couple of years, I underwent intensive management training which involved working in New York, Brazil, Liverpool, London and Zurich for a year. I then relocated to work for a new trading division of the company based in New York before eventually moving back to London to head up a London office for the division.

What advice would you give your younger self at graduation?

Don’t worry too much and just give things a try. Nobody knows the perfect career path and any experience is beneficial. Don’t follow the money at graduation, developing yourself over the first two to three years is more important. Also, stay in touch with people from university; they will go on to succeed in amazing ways and can be an important network.

What advice can you give to newcomers to your industry?

Just try it. There are so many different roles within the commodities industry. There’s no formal course for soft commodities so you only learn by doing.

What does your current role involve?

In 2010 I set up my own business providing independent analysis in the cocoa and coffee markets. We supply major chocolate manufacturers and coffee roasters, as well as trading houses and commodity hedge funds.

At the moment we are a team of three – myself and two junior analysts. Around 60% of my time is spent on analysis of export figures, rainfall, temperature, exchange rates, corporate forecasts and trends, and communicating our analysis to our clients. Roughly 20% is managing my two colleagues, whilst 20% is managing our clients, marketing our services, as well as running the admin and accounts. I continue to travel regularly to West Africa, South America and SE Asia.
What do you most enjoy about your work?

I find soft commodities fascinating and I enjoy dealing with tangible products – everyone eats chocolate and drinks coffee. I also enjoy gathering and analysing information; it’s like a jigsaw puzzle and there are always surprises.

How did you make the decision to start your own business?

As a student I always wanted to be my own boss. I was drawn to the challenge of building something of my own and I enjoy being responsible for my own results. I work as a means to enjoy life and I appreciate the flexibility of being self-employed. I work hard but efficiently; focussed work rather than long hours – which is great as I now have a young baby and have been able to spend a lot of time with her and my partner over the last nine months.

What would you like to be doing in five years from now?

The same thing I’m doing now. I’m very happy.

We are currently looking to expand the team in order to provide an even better service to our clients. If you are interested in an opportunity as a Junior Soft Commodity Analyst, please apply either through CAS or at http://www.commodity-solutions.com/contact-us.html

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