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MBA graduate Will Christophers’ recipe for success

Our Management School graduates are creative, disciplined individuals who make a difference wherever they go.

Former MBA student Will Christophers’ passion for Japanese food and culture has grown into a thriving business – and a desire to help other people.

After winning the USE business planning competition, Will invested in catering equipment and set up outlets on campus selling his Willyaki brand of sushi and teppanyaki.  Soon he was supplying local retailers, providing VIP menus for private parties and catering at festivals around the UK.

More than just a business
As well as growing a successful business, Will is giving something back to the University and the city that supported his dream. He set up the Willyaki Business School where he shares his knowledge, inspiring small-starters to think big.
Will Christopher and his Willyaki business cart

The MBA graduate also used his entrepreneurial skills to raise money in support of those affected by the Japan earthquake and was involved in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Hiroshima.

Will demonstrates the kind of entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity and desire to make the world better that characterises a University of Sheffield Management School graduate. The active business engagement environment of the school has helped him grow his own business and use his expertise to make good ideas happen.

Recognition for excellence
The benefits of successfully integrating a corporate engagement strategy into teaching and learning were recognised recently when the Management School was awarded an accreditation from EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System). The accreditation is an indicator of high quality in all dimensions of the school’s activities, focusing on excellent academic standards, as well as effective internationalisation and interaction with the corporate world.

Following a rigorous three-year application process, the Management School joins just 23 institutions in the UK and only 133 internationally to be awarded EQUIS accreditation.

Professor Keith Glaister, Dean of The Management School, said: “I am delighted that the Management School at the University of Sheffield has been awarded EQUIS accreditation. This is a significant achievement for the school, and recognition of the hard work and dedication of my colleagues to meet the international benchmark of excellence that the award represents.”

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