Entrepreneurs move to the fore in a busy week of activities

ENTREPRENEURS are set to benefit from a week of enterprise initiatives.

ENTREPRENEURS are set to benefit from a week of enterprise initiatives.

Enterprise Week is officially under way and Northumberland County Council is playing its part with two initiatives.

Tomorrow – which is Social Enterprise Day – a ‘Speed Networking’ event is being organised linking social enterprises with individuals who have business experience and are looking to provide their time, knowledge and skills to support worthwhile activities in the community.

Twenty social enterprises are taking part and support is being provided by REACH and other businesses.

REACH matches the skills of experienced people with organisations and charities across the UK.

The event will take place at Longhirst Hall Hotel in Northumberland.

Tony Kirsop of Social Enterprise Northumberland, organisers of the event, said “Social enterprises provide very worthwhile benefits to local communities.

“Being businesses, they need strong management committees to guide their development and this event will provide the opportunity for volunteers with career skills and experience to be introduced to initiatives in their local community that they maybe interested in working with. We want the event to be fun, but we also hope to be making long-term matches.”

The second event will see students from three high schools posing their questions to a panel of high profile regional personalities over the internet.

Pupils from King Edward VI, Morpeth, St Benet Biscop, Bedlington, and Berwick-upon-Tweed High School will question eight personalities, including the outgoing North East Business Executive of the Year, Gordon Hargreaves of Hargreaves plc, female Entrepreneur of the Year Christine Mavin, editor of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Paul Robertson and Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council, Mark Henderson.

Graham Adams, organiser of the initiative said: “Students will have the opportunity to ask their questions of business leaders and get answers by return with everyone remaining at their desks.

“We are looking for ‘positive’ ideas and so students will be asked to identify a problem and then suggest a solution to it starting with – wouldn’t it be a good idea if...”

The opportunity to ask questions of such prominent people is rarely available to any individual, so students have a rare opportunity to get insight from the top.

Classes will participate every day this week.

The personalities will be asked to identify the best idea raised and those they think they can assist to develop or act upon.

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