School of Business, Management and Economics


BMEc kicks off new academic year with Welcome Evening for all students and staff

Gandys co-founder Paul Forkan talks to students and staff at the BMEc Welcome Evening 2017

All students and staff from the School of Business, Management and Economics celebrated the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year with a Welcome Evening on 28 September, featuring an inspiring talk from Paul Forkan, co-founder of ethical fashion brand Gandys

New students, as well as those returning from the summer break, joined academic and Professional Services staff to get a feel for the School community over drinks and food by the Real Junk Food Project, who turn food waste into healthy meals to serve to the community.

The evening began with students finding out about support and activities available from across the University, with exhibitors including the Careers and Employability Centre, Alumni Relations, Sussex Centre for Language Studies , Study Abroad and the School's own Business Liaison and Placements team. 

Everyone then gathered in the Jubilee lecture theatre to hear a talk titled 'Overcoming Adversity' from Gandys co-founder Paul Forkan.

Paul and his brother Rob created Gandys after the tragic loss of their parents in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. Their vision was to use income from the company to fund their charitable foundation, Orphans for Orphans, supporting children in need and to create a legacy in their parents' name. 

Paul's account of their story was warmly received by all attendees and provided a great deal of inspiration and motivation for the year ahead.


View photos from the School Welcome Evening on Facebook 

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Posted on behalf of: School of Business, Management and Economics
Last updated: Friday, 6 October 2017