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Enterprising Oakwood students serve up a treat for City West staff


Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education

A group of disabled students saw their business idea become a reality as they served lunch to more than 50 staff at a local housing association.

The students, from Oakwood Academy in Eccles - which caters for pupils aged 11 to 16 with a range of complex learning difficulties, have been working on their small enterprise to sell a range of sandwiches, paninis and soup and got the chance to put their products to the test with staff at City West Housing Trust.

City West provides skills and training opportunities for people across Salford and has been supporting the group with their business idea through the organisation’s ‘Don’t Keep It Under Your Hat’ initiative.

The campaign sees the landlord’s Commercial Team offering support to customers considering starting their own businesses, including help with business plans, access to finance and identifying key contacts.

Viv Simon, Head of Enterprise and Skills at City West, said: “It has been great to see the students’ business ideas coming to life and our staff were really impressed with the food on offer.

“Through our Don’t Keep It Under Your Hat campaign we’ve been able to help local businesses get off the ground and we look forward to continuing our work with Oakwood Academy.”

For more information on the business support and advice available from City West, visit


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