Nick Bannister

My tutors helped me overcome the disadvantages of having special educational needs and after graduating on the Level 2 course I went onto the Level 3.

“I graduated on the Level 2 BTEC course in 2011 and decided that the best way to develop my business further was to progress to the Level 3 BTEC where the course provides you with the know-how to get it running! It was the Academy and the support of my tutors who helped me to overcome the disadvantages of having special educational needs, by implementing coping strategies and continually staying passionate and motivated.”

As a sufferer of dyslexia and dyscalculia Nick had found there to be a lack of products on the market to consolidate the learning process for students with these learning difficulties. Whilst at the Academy, Nick developed an educational toy business, called Mind Bloxx, which is Nick’s first array into the educational toy market. Mind Bloxx is a times-table block game to help children with the learning process of the times-tables. Having developed his first proto-type he then arranged meetings with toy specialists to build a network of major toy and educational product retailers. Spending his work experience placement at the Early Learning Centre meant that Nick was able to learn firsthand the product development and manufacturing processes in a relevant industry. The Early Learning Centre were so impressed that he was offered a job at the end of his placement. Nick is pushing himself hard to succeed, as well as developing two businesses including an online sales business, Nick also raised over £1,500 for charity during his year at Solihull College, personally negotiating a number of prizes as gifts in kind for a charity auction and persuading the auctioneer to offer his services free of charge.