HUDDERSFIELD Town has engaged a team of scouts – to track down talented businesses.
Rather than running the rule over promising footballers, the club’s newly-installed Enterprise Scouts will be spreading the word about a new venture, the Huddersfield Town Enterprise Academy.
The academy has been launched in the run-up to the 2010-11 season to provide a focal point for businesses across Yorkshire to come together, exchange ideas and learn new skills regarding business practice and networking.
A series of five events are planned throughout the course of the season. The first will be held over lunchtime in October at the Galpharm Stadium when a panel of three Huddersfield Town club partners will answer questions on subjects as diverse as finance, marketing and human resources.
The Enterprise Academy is free of charge to business representatives and is open to all businesses.
The club has recruited its band of Enterprise Scouts – local business people who share Town’s ambitions for the club and the business community and are willing to volunteer their support – to help spread the word.
The club’s commercial website – www.htafccommercial.com – will also carry information on the Enterprise Academy and Town have created a LinkedIn group which will allow everyone to discuss upcoming events and topics online.
Town commercial director Sean Jarvis, who is the man behind the concept, said: “The aim of the Huddersfield Town Enterprise Academy is to get new businesses involved with Huddersfield Town – ones from totally different walks of life.
“The club has a growing reputation as a ‘hub’ for businesses in the Yorkshire area and the creation of the Enterprise Academy is further evidence that there is much more to Huddersfield Town than what goes on out on the pitch on a Saturday afternoon.
“The virtual networking sector is booming at the moment and this venture, along with the creation of our LinkedIn group, is the next step for us.
“I encourage everyone who can to come down to our first event in October – it will be a beneficial meeting for us all.”