Hema Patel

Hema's course helped to nurture and inspire her entrepreneurial spirit. So much so, that after graduating in 2011, she went on to launch 'The Ark', Northampton's first and only floating events venue. She has also established a successful ethical vegan business, which has been incorporated into the coffee shop at The Ark - applying her learning in the real world for the good of the community.

“The Ark is owned by my family, and came about because it was my father’s dream to have a floating venue on the River Nene,” said Hema. "I enjoy seeing the pleasure on people's faces when they first walk into our unique venue or when they enjoy a good meal with us."

She added “One of the great things about the Events Management course is there’s a lot of practical work involved,” said Hema. “We didn’t just learn the theory, we actually organised events every year of the course and put together business plans - having that practical knowledge certainly helps when you’re doing it in real life.”

Find out more about our Business Entrepreneurship BA by visiting the course page of our website.

Find out more about our Events Management BA by visiting the course page of our website.

For more information on The Ark, visit their website thearknorthampton.com