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​Young Entrepreneurs Shine at Awards Ceremony 2017!

Young entrepreneurs across Mansfield and Ashfield were celebrated at the 6th annual Mansfield and Ashfield Junior Enterprise event on Wednesday 5th July at Ransom Hall, Mansfield.

The annual competition is organised by Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 in partnership with The Evolve Trust and Hall Fast Industrial Supplies; entries were open to all schools in Mansfield and Ashfield for their Key Stage 3 students. Mansfield 103.2 radio covered event and you can listen again here about the importance of this event for our young people: News in Focus

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. 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 to trophy for the overall winner was Cup Creators from Garibaldi College.

This year’s awards evening hosted over 150 attendees from schools around Mansfield and Ashfield along with teachers and proud mums and dads. 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.

Business leader and ex Brunts pupil Alex Peace Gadsby took time out of her business schedule to deliver a truly inspirational talk. Alex is current owner and director of multi million pound fashion brand Musto along fulfilling the role of Chief Commissioner of England for The Scout Association with the responsibility for half a million people. Alex spoke about her journey from school girl to leading business woman and explained the 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 people could digest and use as a tool to motivate and believe in themselves.

Co-founder of the competition Malcolm Hall MBE also spoke about opportunities; how he got to where he is today and inspired them to realise their own potential in anything they put their mind too.

Berni Dickinson, The Evolve Trust shared her thoughts on this year’s competition: ‘The Junior Enterprise Competition is great opportunity for young people to develop the employability and enterprise skills needed in the workplace. Recent research carried out by the Careers and Enterprise Company highlighted that enterprise competitions have a very positive impact on the career progression for young people.’

Caroline Cox, Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 said ‘This had been our most successful competition to date. Its 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.’

To view the photos from the Market day event and awards evening click here:

Thank you to our business sponsors:

Hall Fast Industrial Supplies

The Evolve Trust

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020

B Jephsons (Mansfield) Ltd

Jephson Shopfitters

Linney Group

Mansfield & Ashfield District Council

Pendragon Training Academy

Thank you our Business Mentors:

Gary Jordon

Richard Fuller

Jon Hodgkinson

Peter Roberts

Natasha Howells

Thank you to our judges:

Jane Box, IPD

Sarah Nelson, Mansfield BID

Emily Revil, Calverton Finance

Stephi Grayson, i Jump

Thank you to our inspiration speaker:

Alex Peace Gadsby

Author: Caroline Cox

Caroline is the Operations Director for Mansfield and Ashfield 2020. The most important part of this role is to listen, support and act! Through monthly focus groups we identify opportunities and challenge key bodies to provide a partnership approach to avoid duplication and monitor efforts to fulfill our philosophy which has always been firmly centered on our business community, growth and skills.

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