The Telford Priory School and Epson Telford partner up to join Business Class as part of the Business in the Community programme

Epson offers business expertise to help young people prepare for the workplace

The Telford Priory School and Epson Telford partner up to join Business Class as part of the Business in the Community programme

January 9th, 2017: Epson Telford, part of the Epson Group,  a global innovation leader in printing, visual communications, wearable devices and robotics, and one of Telford’s largest employers, today announced a three year partnership with Telford Priory School (TPS), an academy school, as part of Business Class, a nationwide programme from the charity Business in the Community (BITC).

Through Business Class, businesses look at how they can support the whole school and activities are planned in response to what the school identifies as its needs. Epson
Telford has partnered with Telford Priory School in order to offer students practical careers advice as well as supporting the leadership of the academy working in partnership with the Community Academies Trust who sponsor the school.

Business in the Community (BITC) aims to prevent social background determining a young person’s success at school and beyond. Epson Telford will offer guidance to students through CV writing, job application advice and mock interviews during the three year partnership alongside a whole range of other initiatives designed to support the development of the school.

Stacey Jordan, Head Teacher at Telford Priory School, commented: “We are delighted to be able to partner with Epson, one of Telford’s largest employers. The Business in the Community scheme aims to forge closer links between education and business, and our partnership with Epson will include a range of joint initiatives to help our students achieve their future potential in the workplace.”

Kevin Browne, Epson Telford Managing Director  added: “Epson Telford  is committed to working closely in the communities in which it operates and our partnership with Telford Priory School means we can lend our business knowledge and expertise to help students at TPS better prepare for the workplace and fully achieve their career aspirations.

“The partnership aims to build special links between Epson Telford and Telford Priory School including the aim of making some subjects more relevant to the world of work.  There will also be a specific link with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) departments including a range of initiatives”.

One of the first joint events will be the Employability Skills day for year 10 students at the Telford Priory School on February 8th, where Epson will offer a variety of workshops providing a range of support and advice aimed to help shape the future generation of workers.

“We have a really exciting Elite Engineering competition our students are already working on and with Epson’s support, we’ll be looking forward to some amazing results” commented Stacey Jordan, Head of School, Telford Priory.

Recent research by the University of Warwick and Bean Research found that through participation in Business Class, students’ confidence and aspirations have been boosted by 80%. Eighty-two per cent of participating schools and businesses said that staff and pupils are better equipped for the future as a result of the partnership.

Susie Perrett, Education Director at Business in the Community said: “We’re delighted to see another Business Class partnership added to the list of over 500 relationships established to date. This means that more young people will receive support from business to help them achieve success at school and beyond. Business Class not only gives young people the opportunity to develop skills and have experiences that will help them build successful working lives, it can also bring benefits for the wider school through support for staff. In addition it can also produce benefits for business such as a more engaged workforce, innovative new ideas and helping to attract new business.”

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For more information about Epson contact:

Bruno Rost, Corporate PR Manager, Epson Europe, on 07759857350 or email

For more about Business in the Community or Business Class contact:

Alex Delaney, PR Manager, Business in the Community, +44 (0)207 566 8694 

For more information about Telford Priory School contact:

Catherine Lawson-Broadhead, Director of Learning, 01952 386400,

Notes to Editors

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 91 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

About Epson Europe

Epson Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group’s regional headquarters for Europe, Middle-East, Russia, and Africa. With a workforce of 1,700 employees, Epson Europe’s sales for fiscal year 2015 were 1,577 million Euros.

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About Business in the Community

Business in the Community is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. Its members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

BITC has more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business. It engages engage thousands of businesses through programmes driven by our core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.

About Business Class

Business Class is a school-business partnership programme managed by Business in the Community (BITC). Schools identify their priorities for improvement and supported by BITC work with their business partner to achieve shared goals.

Business Class partnerships undertake activities across four areas; leadership and governance, curriculum, enterprise and employability and wider issues. Each partnership develops its own unique plan to address their particular priorities with the support and resources of BITC. Uniquely, Business Class partnerships come together to form clusters - an effective and powerful network which collaborates to increase reach and impact, develops new ideas and shares best practice and resources. The result is embedded, sustainable relationships between each business and school that allow for systematic change to benefit young people, particularly those facing social disadvantage.

The Destiny should not be Determined by Demography report, based on research by The University of Warwick and Bean research into the impact of Business Class and business education partnerships was published in November 2015 and is available here -

About Telford Priory School

This is a brand new school, opened in September 2015 following the merger and closure of 2 local Telford schools.  TPS has the capacity for 1200 students and multiple state of the art facilities to enhance students’ lives whilst at the school.

Telford Priory School is sponsored by the Community Academies Trust which has a track record of achieving and sustaining OUTSTANDING schools. 

We believe that all students should thrive in their learning environment, be able to identify their own passion and aspire to be the best that they can be. Staff at The Telford Priory School are dedicated to all students and offer support above and beyond the traditional school day.