2nd July 1999
Getting back into education after years in work can mean a change in direction for many mature students. But there cannot be many to rival former Tornado navigator Manfred Kluge from Threekingham.
German-born Manfred has set up an Internet-based business selling kites using the skills he learned on the BA Management Studies degree at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.
On 8th July he will graduate at Lincoln Cathedral with a 2:1 after studying the one-year top up to his HND in Business Studies.
Manfred spent years in the German Air Force as a navigator and later became an instructor with the Royal Air Force, teaching many different nationalities how to navigate a Tornado in the air.
The ‘Kites & More’ business grew out of Manfred’s love of the little known sport – these kites are not toys, and many lift people and pull vehicles.
When he left the RAF and eventually applied for a place on the course at the Lincoln campus he was able to use his newly acquired business skills to their full advantage.
“As part of a project we had to develop a website and I asked if I could use it to sell kites,” said Manfred, aged 42. “There was a niche in the market and I used what I had been taught at ULH to speak to companies in their own language – something which is very important for negotiation.”
Manfred, who has a wife and three children, is hoping the business will go from strength to strength with the increasing number of business people and individuals prepared to trade with Internet-based firms.
The kite site can be found at www.kitesmore.purplenet.co.uk.
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