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Issue 472, 5 November 2001

Big STEP for student

Final year LUBS student Chris Harrison, who streamlined a company’s stock control system with savings of over £20,000, has been named ‘best potential entrepreneur’ in the STEP competition to find the UK’s ‘most enterprising student’. David Rylatt, studying information systems, also won both his local and regional heats to compete in the national final. Leeds and Cambridge were the only universities to have two students in the final.

The Shell Technology Enterprise Programme is the UK’s leading work placement scheme, and competition is fierce for the 1000 places available. Around 20 Leeds students managed to enter the scheme last year, six of them with companies in the city. The Leeds STEP agency is run jointly by the skills & employability unit and the careers centre.

Chris Harrison, studying accountancy and finance, produced a cost audit analysis of the activities of Falcon Trunking Systems in Rochdale – a family business making trunking for electrical wiring. The enhancements he identified and implemented to their stock control system will make substantial savings for the company.

For more information, see the STEP website

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