Student entrepreneurs win big-name contracts

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A GROUP of enterprising students are making a name for themselves in the commercial sector after building up an impressive list of clients,

Foundation Degree Design students from Hartlepool College of Further Education are beginning to build a reputation within the creative commercial sector, with a portfolio that reads like that of an experienced top agency.

Recent clients include MINI UK, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, NHS, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Ad Astra Academy, Penguin Books and EDF Energy.

Based on their ever-growing reputation, Foundation Degree students have now been selected by specialist full-face helmet designers Ruroc, to design and develop conceptual ideas to help expand their product range.

Gloucester-based Ruroc produce specialist full-face helmets, which are used by Formula 1 pit crews and snowboarders.

Keith Bradley, head of school for Design, Multimedia & IT, said; “This is a phenomenal opportunity.

“Ruroc is an exciting brand with exceptionally high standards. Working with live, high profile clients provides invaluable experience for the students to give them a real chance of success.”

Project leader Michael Thompson added: “It’s exciting as a Formula 1 fan and avid lover of snowboarding to be working with Ruroc on live commercial product development, with students creating ideas that we may be able to buy in the coming months, which will potentially be enjoyed by thousands of people all over the world.

“Our students are so fortunate to have opportunities such as this.”