Thursday 8 March, Hester’s Way Neighbourhood Project, Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham, GL51 7SU.

Businesses from around the county are being invited to the first event of its kind organised in partnership between University of Gloucestershire students and the Hester’s Way Neighbourhood Project (HWNP), Cheltenham.

Events Management students are organising the event as part of their second-year module Event Operations Management, where they have to work with clients to deliver an original and appropriate event in response to a client brief.

The Conference Space Showcase is the first business to business event organised by the students as part of an ongoing partnership with HWNP. Taking place on Thursday 8 March from 4pm until 7pm, it will offer a guided tour of the project’s meeting, conference and interviewing rooms and facilities.

HWNP is based at the Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre in Cassin Drive, off Princess Elizabeth Way, and the event will be introduced by Operational and Development Manager, Kevin Devaney. He said: “We are delighted to be working with events management students from the university again. They are doing a fantastic job, busily working behind the scenes, and I am sure that the event will be a huge success. It’s great to know that our organisation can provide practical community based learning opportunities for students, allowing them to put all their academic theory into practice whilst developing interpersonal skills as they meet the challenges of planning and running an event.”

Senior Lecturer in Events and Leisure Management, Chantal Laws, said: “This provides real world experience of the event planning process, project management, marketing and stakeholder engagement which are key applied skills for any event manager. Students are then given the opportunity to reflect on their experience, and development and outline a plan to further enhance their skills on placement in future employment. The module is year-long and represents a significant part of their second year studies.”

Student Joella Lancefield is one of seven involved with the event. She said: “This is an ongoing partnership between Hester’s Way and the University, several community events have been organised before but this is the first one to approach businesses. It aims to build bridges between the Hester’s Way community and local businesses and offer them an alternative venue, in turn supporting the local community and economy.”

The tours run at hourly intervals, at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm, and afterwards participants will have a networking opportunity over a chef prepared buffet, a sample of the conference menu.

Anyone interested in attending can find out more by contacting HWNP on 01242 521319.

• To find out more about Events Management at the University of Gloucestershire, please visit http://www.glos.ac.uk/siteinformation/Pages/search.aspx?k=events%20manag…

• To find out more about the Hester’s Way Neighbourhood Project, please visit http://www.hwnp.org/ or telephone 01242 521319.

Source: Universtity of Gloucestershire