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Town leads the way in entrepreneurship week

Friday, 11th November 2011.

Next week is Haverhill Entrepreneurship Week, part of Global; Entrepreneurship Week, and there are a series of events taking place to mark it.

Kicking off at Menta Business Centre on Monday is an Enterprising Acorns advice open morning, an opportunity to network and meet some of the Acorn Mentors.

The Acorn Mentors have a wealth of experience and work in a wide range of industry sectors. You can just go along and find out what Enterprising Acorns and Menta is all about.

Another one will be held at Job Centre Plus on Thursday, an event for aspiring entrepreneurs and people thinking about working for themselves.

Students at Castle Manor Business & Enterprise College and Samuel Ward Academy will get an insight into what it takes to be an entrepreneur all through the week.

Supported by Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, a series of activities throughout the week will take place in which local businesses will work with youngsters to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit. There are seven confirmed events for Global Enterprise Week in Suffolk, with five of these in Haverhill.

Haverhill Chamber has announced this week that it has secured funding from Suffolk Chamber for a Young Chamber Co-ordinator to support both colleges in encouraging enterprising activities for youngsters in the town, giving them a real insight into the world of business.

Tim Kerr, an inspirational and experienced teacher, will carry out the role for a day a week and will be based in the town.

Sarah Howard, chairman of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, said: “The chamber is very aware that the future economic prosperity of the town will be in the hands of generations of youngsters to come from our outstanding colleges in the town.

“We want to help them nurture their entrepreneurial spirit by providing them with real opportunities to work with local businesses and put what they are taught in class into practice in real life.

"We have some amazing talented young people in this town who have huge potential and we want to help them harness this at an early stage. I’ve seen first hand that events like Enterprise Week help them enormously in their development academically but also as people and we are proud to be able to help with the appointment of a Haverhill Young Chamber Coordinator to support across both colleges. We have one of the most successful Young Chambers in the country and we want to continue this legacy for the future.”

There will be a week-long (14-18 November)competition at Castle Manor, based on the TV series The Apprentice, during which students will take part in a series of challenges before facing Haverhill’s very own Alan Sugar in the boardroom. Each day a student will be ‘fired’ leaving an overall winner who will take home an ipad.

On Monday, year seven students from both Castle Manor and Samuel Ward will take part in a Production Line competition during which they work together to create the most efficient production line out of stickle bricks.

Students from Castle Manor, Samuel Ward, and other secondary schools in the area, will take part in a Dragons Den style competition on Tuesday based on the TV series in which teams pitch an idea to four ‘Dragons’ including two from local businesses.

Three prizes will be given for Highest Investment, Best Pitch and Most Innovative Idea. This year teams will have to come up with a green social enterprise business idea.

On Wednesday, Tim Kerr will run a career speed-dating event for year eight students at Castle Manor and then Samuel Ward which will see students meet local business people on a one-to-one basis to find out what they do for a living and why.

Haverhill Young Chamber, which includes students from Castle Manor and Samuel Ward, will meet on Thursday to find out How to Start a Business in an all-day workshop run by Tim Kerr which will also see the youngsters come up with their own business idea and work on it with the help of professionals.

On Friday, the enterprising students will be running their own activities to raise money for Children in Need.

Matt Bryant, enterprise co-ordinator at Castle Manor, said: “Having activities such as an Apprentice style competition captures the students’ interest and develops a huge number of skills.

"They then get to use all they have learnt in their business course at college in an enterprise setting. It also develops other skills too. For example our media students will also be putting their film making skills to good use by making a video of the competition.”

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