Business people from Staffordshire took part in a discussion about responsible business at Stoke on Trent College today (Monday 24th April).

Representatives of companies including Novus Property Solutions, Lucideon, Stoke-on-Trent College, the Chambers of Commerce and Keele Management school joined 55 pupils from 5 schools for the event organised by Business in the Community (BITC).

The panel included Stuart Seddon, Chairman of Novus Property Solutions, Geoff Edgell – Lucideon, Mark Whittaker – Stoke on Trent College, Sara Williams – Chambers of Commerce and Kurt Allman – Keele Management School.

It was one of a series of events run by BITC as part of Responsible Business Week, when businesses and organisations share ways they can work together for a fairer society and a more sustainable future. The schools and businesses taking part are all part of BITC’s Staffordshire Business Class Cluster, a group of schools and businesses who work together all year round to ensure that young people attending local schools achieve their best possible outcomes and leave ready to build successful working lives.

Alongside Ormiston Horizon Academy, students from Thistley Hough, Cooperative Academy, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews, and Excel attended.

The pupils had devised a series of questions beforehand which they then put to the panel, which was chaired by Stuart Seddon, Chairman, Novus property Solutions Ltd.

Kurt Allmann from Keele Management School said: “The thought process and the quality of questions asked by the youngsters was impressive. They asked about issues relevant to responsible business generally as well as questions focussed on business in Staffordshire and how locally based organisations are supporting young people. Today we have shown the pupils what responsible business looks like and also hopefully inspired the next generation of responsible business leaders”.

The questions covered issues such as sustainability as well as looking as the impact of Brexit and the benefits for Stoke on Trent in our bid for City of Culture in 2021.