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Jonathan Straight – Chief Executive of Straight Plc

In the third of the series of Yorkshire Talking Heads, Shine On events we were delighted to see over 200 students and parents attend his talk at Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield as part of their education and careers day.

Jonathan is Chief Executive of Straight Plc, a company that he formed 21 years ago, operating out of a small office in Leeds and that is now listed on the London Stock Exchange following rapid growth and recognising a key business opportunity at the right time.  Jonathan stressed in his talk the need for persistence when starting and operating a business and to ensure that you give back to customers, staff and society in the form of time and support.

Jonathan’s talk was exceptionally well received by all in attendance and saw a perfect balance of humour, serious business messages and identification of the essential skills, attitudes and behaviours required to be successful in employment and business start up and growth.

HEART were joined at Outwood Grange by partners Wakefield College, University of Huddersfield, Leeds Trinity University and University of Leeds who all provided further input to students and parents at the accompanying education and careers fair following Jonathan’s talk.