MIB stories – Bucks New University students boost High Wycombe social enterprise

Bucks New University students boost High Wycombe social enterprise



(Pictured above with their display at a showcase event at Bucks New University [L-R]: Bucks New University students James Wills, Zara Ajaib, and Georgia Woollard)


A High Wycombe-based social enterprise says it is ‘overwhelmed’ by work Buckinghamshire New University students produced for it as part of their course, boosting its profile and saving it around £2,000.

Bucks Business School students worked with Khepera CIC, in Duke Street, High Wycombe, a healthy living social enterprise, and created promotional films as well as Business Instagram and Facebook Marketplace profiles for it to sell products.

Work from the three-month project, part of a range of activities with business and organisations in an ‘Enterprise Module’, was presented by the students, called Blue Sky Consulting, at a showcase at the University, in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, attended by Khepera CIC founder Charmaine Fyffe.

Georgia Woollard, James Wills, Zara Ajaib and Karolina Zlomanczuk also devised branding and collated a database of suppliers Khepera CIC could work with. In addition, they came up with an information folder with recipes and healthy living information.

Georgia, studying BA (Hons) Business Management, said it had been ‘hugely exciting’ to see Khepera CIC’s profile grow. She said: “It has been great for all of us to gain real-world experience, taking ourselves out of the classroom, and working with a social enterprise where we have been able to make a difference and help it grow and progress.

“This kind of work is important for building on the skills from the classroom and developing them so we are ready to take them out in to the world of work when we graduate. It’s also been great experience of working in groups during quite an intense timeframe.”

Khepera CIC aims is to help people prevent and manage lifestyle related conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental health through ‘back on track’ programmes, discussion groups and practical food classes.

It also provides nutritional plans; alternative therapies for stress alleviation; condition management; mentoring or counselling; and affordable healthy and allergy free products ranging from whole foods to household and body care products.

Charmaine Fyffe said the work the students carried out would normally cost about £2,000. She said: “It was great working with the students. They were professional, I explained my ideas to them and they completely understood, listened and produced exactly what I wanted, adding their own ideas too. It was a real team effort from them.

“I was overwhelmed with the work they produced. It saved me not only a huge amount of time but also money too. The quality is great and their enthusiasm for the work we do at Khepera was evident in our conversations and in the work they did.”

Other work undertaken by Bucks Business School students for the ‘Enterprise Module’ included researching new uses and income streams for farm buildings at National Trust Hughenden Manor; evaluating the impact of Brexit on high street retailing; assessing the market potential for a new pet food brand; and planning, promoting and implementing a competition for the Fisheye Film Festival, which takes place at the University and at venues in and around High Wycombe from 11-21 October.