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Young Entrepreneurs Shine At Awards Ceremony

13th July 2018
News, Mansfield, Ashfield

Young entrepreneurs across Mansfield and Ashfield were celebrated at the 7th annual Mansfield and Ashfield Junior Enterprise event on Wednesday 4th July at Elements, Ransom Hall, Mansfield.  


The annual competition is organised by Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 in partnership with Berni Dickinson, Enterprise Advisor for D2N2 and Hall Fast Industrial Supplies Ltd.  Entries were open to all schools in Mansfield and Ashfield for their Key Stage 3 students.


The challenge is business led with the support of business mentors, business judges and sponsors from the local business community.  Students created their own business from scratch, and then sold their products to the general public on Mansfield Market in June. Their achievements were celebrated at the awards evening, where teams were named winners in a number of categories including Best Product, Best Team Working, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Overall Winner. The team that took the trophy for the overall winner was Booktastic of All Saints’ Academy. Two special Awards were given out also.  Sarah Williams of Beech Academy won a ‘Shining Star’ Award and Miss Brindley of The Garibaldi School received a ‘Certificate of Commitment’ recognizing all her hardwork for Junior Enterprise, over many years, as she leaves to take up a new senior teaching role in Alfreton. 


This year’s awards evening hosted over 100 attendees from local schools along with teachers and proud family members.  Not only did the evening celebrate all the young people involved but it also inspires and motivates our next generation of workforce to be the best they can be.


Former West Notts College student Sandra Cowley took time out of her busy schedule as Commercial Director of Futures, Advice Skills & Employment to deliver a truly inspirational talk. Sandra spoke passionately about how she left school at an early stage, not knowing what she wanted to do for work until much later.  She talked about starting out on her mother and father’s market stall on Saturdays and in school holidays learning skills for the future but not realising that at the time.  She also talked about hard lessons she learned growing up and how she took charge of her own destiny.  Throughout the talk she presented very thought provoking  statements that the young entrepreneurs could digest, use to motivate themselves and think about what they might do after leaving school.  


Russell Jones, Chairman of Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 said, “This had been our most successful competition to date. It has picked up momentum and built a brilliant reputation within the business community, general public and schools. Next year we want more schools involved and will make it bigger and better but none of this would be possible without our business mentors, business judges and business sponsors for them we are incredibly grateful. Together this partnership is having a positive impact on our young people. We all play a role in inspiring the next generation and this is a unique platform that we know is making a difference.”


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