Lancaster’s annual Red Rose Business Weekend set for March


Lancaster University students who have a flair for business creativity are preparing to pit their entrepreneurial talents against one another in the annual Red Rose Business Weekend, hosted by Lancaster University Management School Association (LUMSA) over the weekend of 8 to 9 March.

The event, which this year, for the first time, is exclusive to Lancaster University students, is being sponsored by two internationally renowned companies: IBM and Saatchi & Saatchi. Students will be able to gain insight into the demands of the business world by competing in two challenges set by the sponsors, and will also have the opportunity to make contacts within the business sector. There is also a cash prize of £800 for the overall winning team.

Students from all disciplines were able to apply, and will be competing in ten teams of four students in areas that will test their abilities to use their initiatives, to think on their feet, to network effectively with fellow students and potential employers, and to exhibit creative thinking whilst co-operating as a team.

Red Rose Business Weekend Marketing Manager Ieva Marcinkeviciute said that those organising the event “believe it will help participating students vastly in many areas.” She added that, from the point of view of the sponsor companies, the weekend was a fantastic way to showcase Lancaster’s business talents and would be “a very convenient way [for IBM and Saatchi & Saatchi] to see what students from prestigious universities are capable of.”

Oliver James Heron, Chair of LUMSA, said of the weekend:

“The Red Rose Business Weekend is […] a great opportunity to network with other enterprising students across the University, as well as to meet some employees from each of our sponsors’ companies.

“Everyone involved in the process will be treated to a three course meal at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe for taking part. The winners of the competition will receive an £800 prize, with second place getting £200 to share, and a third place prize of £100.”

More information can be found on Facebook ( and by following @RedRBW or using the hash-tag #RRBW2013 on Twitter.

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