Chance to win £15,000 business scholarship!

Ashridge Business College
Ashridge Business College

BUSINESS people and senior managers across Dacorum are being offered an opportunity to win a £15,000 MBA scholarship.

Ashridge Business School, near Berkhamsted, is offering the scholarship towards its part-time two-year executive MBA programme.

But you’ll have to be ready to start soon as the programme begins on September 18.

The Ashridge EMBA is one of a few that is accredited by the UK, European and American accreditation bodies for MBA programmes.

Dr Steve Seymour, Ashridge’s EMBA director, says: “The part time executive MBA degree is taught in small interactive groups by people who have proven their business acumen in the real world.

“There are no lecture theatres or classes packed with fresh-faced graduates – participants have at least five and typically more than 12 years’ industry experience.”

People who take the course can gain skills to enhance performance within their organisation. More pertinently the EMBA course assignments focus a company’s current issues and helps develop practical solutions to resolve them.

Andy Cook, chairman of Maylands Partnership, is one of those who has benefited by achieving his MBA at Ashridge and is now MD of FFEi Limited in Hemel Hempstead, which this year won a Queens Award for the second time.

He said: “It was mighty hard work, but really worthwhile in the end.”

He spent one week at Ashridge every three months and dedicated every Sunday to studies. He often used to drive to Ashridge and use the library in the evenings as well to support his project work.

At the time of his studies he was a senior manager at Crosfield Electronics. It was taken over by FujiFilm Electronic Imaging before Andy led a company buyout to launch FFEi. Today, his firm employs more than 160 and is a market leader in industrial digital imaging, providing a valuable service to the print industry.

Andy added: “The EMBA was invaluable, it opened my eyes to key elements of business and personal development that I just would not have envisaged possible before, such as becoming an MD, having the confidence to achieve a company buyout and winning Queens Awards. It teaches you that these are just normal events in successful business management.

“The amount of work is mind blowing. You have to find a way to manage your time and be more effective. This is all part of the subtle personal development about doing an MBA, to focus more on the important and less on the trivial.

“It gave me confidence to talk across disciplines, to challenge the thinking and working practices of all segments of the business.”

Candidates for the scholarship will be required to submit a two-page essay before Monday, August 8.

Shortlisted candidates will then need to complete an application form and attend an interview.

l For details, email mba@ashridge.org.uk