A visit to London is never the easiest but when the opportunity arose to do two trips on the same day, our Upper Sixth and Lower Sixth Business students jumped at the chance. Some of our lessons have recently focused on the money in football, so first it was off to Chelsea Football Club for a ‘Business of Football’ tour.
Given the match day gate receipts, the TV money and £200m sponsorship deals, you’d think Chelsea were rich, but when you look at the no expense spared changing room and purpose built gym with indoor running track you can see why that isn’t the case.
From financials to operations and human resources this tour had it all. What could top it? Maybe a trip to a Brewery? On the way home we popped into Fullers historic brewery on the Thames for a one and a half tour which traced the operations of the how their beer is produced. Continuous innovation and investment in new capital are all required to remain competitive against the larger multi-national brewers.
Business gold dust included the importance of the family owners for a long term culture, paternalistic leadership style for fostering productivity and the importance of heritage for the brand. Thanks to all that helped in the trip… not least the businesses themselves for preparing such a thorough brief which allowed students to enjoy themselves but also to learn a great deal.