HUDDERSFIELD Town chairman Dean Hoyle is well-known for his entrepreneurial skills.
Now he is taking the plunge into the world of bathrooms thanks to the club’s partner bathrooms4all and the town’s university.
Dean will join Town legend Andy Booth, commercial manager Tracy Nelson, bathrooms4all chairman Craig Waddington and bathrooms4all product designer Lee Reed in judging the work of product design students from the university, who will be designing a new piece of bathroom furniture suitable for the UK market over an eight-week period.
If the winning selection suitably impresses the judging panel, a prototype will be produced by the design team at bathrooms4all – and it could even go on sale in their stores nationwide.
Tracy said: “We are thrilled that the football club could facilitate this new partnership between our partner bathrooms4all and the University of Huddersfield, I believe the deal should massively benefit both parties.”
She said: “Bathrooms4all can tap into the undoubted talent that exists in the university’s design students and could get a new product to sell in their stores, whereas the students will get the chance to work on a live project that could result in a real-life end product.
“Bathrooms4all have been an incredibly proactive partner in our year together and this is yet another brilliant idea that we can’t wait to get started.”
Lee said: “We’re looking forward to judging the final designs of the students and we’d also like to thank Chris Howard of the university for giving us the opportunity to work with his students.
“We hope the final chosen design will be something that we can proudly add to our portfolio.”
Chris, course leader at the university, added: “The product design course at Huddersfield is intended to prepare our students for real-world situations.
“We do this by undertaking 'live' projects with companies and exposing the students to the pressures that presenting their work to the designers and executives of those companies brings.
“We are delighted to be working with bathrooms4all and Huddersfield Town and we look forward to some excellent student proposals which can impress them. Lee Reed, from bathrooms4all, is himself one of my former students and he knows the advantages of this type of collaboration.”