BPS case study
The Louise Ann Wilson Company is a small business, based in Lancaster, but working countrywide, which seeks to create unique and multi-sensory site-specific performance projects, installations and art-works.
When the organisation required a Business and Project Assistant to implement systems and processes, designed to support efficient ways of working, they approached Pippa Greenwood, senior projects officer from the Business Placements Service to enquire about the Unite with Business (UWB) project.
Louise approached the university after a meeting with a local councillor who told her about the ERDF sponsored Unite with Business project. As a recently formed company the business needed to hone up and fine tune their systems and processes for projects. With little time for this and lacking the technical skills, Louise recognised the need for assistance with setting this up.
Following an eligibility and project scoping exercise the business successfully appointed University of Cumbria graduate Peter Varey to the role.
Peter said “This was a wonderful postgraduate opportunity which allowed me to gain valuable commercial, administrative and project management experience. The placement entailed day-to-day business and project administrative duties including book-keeping, correspondence, establishing a hard copy and electronic document management system and searching out sources for funding for the business and its projects.”
The central aim of the UWB project is to provide small and medium-sized businesses in the North West with access to a final-year student or graduate’s skills and abilities to undertake a project of strategic importance to the business. In the case of the Louise Ann Wilson Company, this business intervention was measured as a success.
After the project came to an end Louise commented that Peter was ‘brilliant’ and would have liked him to apply his skills to the company for a longer period.
Pippa Greenwood said: “This was a successful project where the match of skills was both beneficial to the company and gave the graduate an opportunity to put a wide combination of skills into useful practice and enhance his CV. Both parties struck up a good working relationship from the start and found the experience of great benefit. Peter had considerable skills to offer, which he applied well, and he carried out valuable tasks, which helped Louise Ann Wilson to establish efficient organisational aspects for the company.”
All images remain the property of and under copyright to: Sap Dance and Louise Ann Wilson Company and must not be used without permission.
A walking performance in which music, dance, voice and art revealed a hidden part of Morecambe Bay
Created and produced by Sap Dance and Louise Ann Wilson Company Photographer: Nicola Tarr Image design: Hotfoot Design
A walking performance in which music, dance, voice and art revealed a hidden part of Morecambe Bay Created and produced by Sap Dance and Louise Ann Wilson Company Photographer: Nicola Tarr Dancer: Natasha Fewings
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