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Southampton Business School

Scrapstore

Students taking the MSc in Strategic Entrepreneurship work with social enterprises, voluntary and not for profit organisations, contributing their skills while gaining an insight into different models of business.

Three postgraduates worked with Southampton Scrapstore to help the charity increase its revenue and plan for the future.

Scrapstore collects unwanted surplus and waste goods from manufacturers in the south and redistributes them on to artists, schools and small businesses. Its 430 members use the materials in working with 49,000 children and 5,700 adults in and around Southampton. A national organisation, Scrapstore is run locally by a committee of volunteers with project worker Becky Williams.

Postgraduates Oscar Demello, Ravinder Singh and Nanthanat Srisawangwong analysed the operation and its business plan, spoke to everyone involved and made recommendations on how it could be improved.

“The students were just excellent and a pleasure to work with because they were so professional,” says Becky. “They have left us with many good ideas along with a very useful spreadsheet tool we can adapt for other parts of the business. It was a superb experience for Scrapstore and one we would like to repeat in future.”

The students brought a fresh perspective to our organisation.

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