Neil Stallard and James Brent work in very different
sectors but brought common themes of trust and integrity to their Plymouth
College Entrepreneurial Society (ESOC) talks.
The aim of ESOC is to bring business and economics alive
for students and to promote enterprise and leadership in them. Speakers so far
have included Levi Roots, Tim Martin, Gary Streeter and Chris Dawson.
Neil Stallard of waste management company, Alpha Logic,
has seen his company double its employee numbers in the last 12 months
alongside a 40% growth. With an emphasis
on helping companies to minimise their environment impact, Alpha Logic’s green
credentials are high.
Neil told that students that his company’s relationships
are built on loyalty and trust and that they are not afraid to say ‘no’ to the
wrong client. He said that helping customer’s to reduce their carbon footprint
also helped them to save money.
The final speaker this term was James Brent, founder and
Chairman of the Akkeron Group of companies, which incorporate hotels, leisure,
sport, retail and the regeneration of businesses. James is also Chairman of
Plymouth Argyle, Chairman of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and
Chairman of Plymouth University.
James talked about what motivates an entrepreneur,
working long hours and the difference between leadership and management. He spoke to the students about the importance
of integrity and having a sense of social responsibility, using his surf
lifestyle company, Saltrock, as an example – the CEO visits overseas workers to
check on both factory and living conditions.
By working across different sectors James has developed a richness of
understanding and is able to share ideas between the organisations.
“Neil and James provided two more fascinating views of
business”, said ESOC organiser and business teacher, Aaron Summons. “Our diverse range of speakers is giving our
students an invaluable insight into the world of business and showing them that
different things work for different people.
We are very much looking forward to our mix of speakers next term.”