North Lindsey College

Enterprise Champions:

Wayne Dewick

Julie Robinson

Embracing the Spirit of Enterprise

With the arrival of National Enterprise Week, learners at North Lindsey College are embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship, and with the help of the Young Enterprise Company Programme are embarking on their biggest challenge yet – setting up and running their very own limited company.

Established with the aim of unleashing young people’s enterprising ideas, Enterprise Week will this year be part of the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Week in which more than 70 countries are due to participate. Last year over 5,000 events were run across the UK with more than half a million people participating.

Enterprise Week is all about creating an environment in which enterprising behaviour can be nurtured and flourish. Through participation in the Young Enterprise Company Programme, learners at the College will be equipping themselves with the business skills needed to get ahead in their future careers.
Two groups of learners within the College are currently involved in the Young Enterprise Scheme. 17 learners studying on the NVQ 3 Beauty Therapy – Spa programme have launched ‘Cute as a Button’ whilst learners on the National Certificate in Business have launched ‘Scrawlies’ which will be designing and selling personalised items such as key rings. Daniel Seaton (17), Managing Director of Scrawlies commented: _Young Enterprise is a part of our enrichment. We wanted to take part in this as we felt it would be good business practice and runs well alongside our Business course. Our main aim is to make a profit and reach the competition stages.”

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Managing Director of Cute as a Button, Roxy Davis (18) commented: “We got the idea for the company after I bought a vintage handbag on a recent trip to London and customised it using accessories including various styles of buttons. We’re currently organising a bag and craft materials amnesty to try and get enough bags to be able to customise them in time for the Christmas Fairs that are coming up, as the bags and other items that we are making would make ideal gifts.”
‘Cute as a Button’ have already produced several prototypes and will shortly be going into mass production of the one-off designs ready for the festive season. As well as handbags, which are expected to retail at between £10-£15, depending on the level of detail involved, the company will also be branching out into bespoke purses and jewellery.

Initially, the bags will be available to buy at the Christmas Fair in Brigg on Friday 5 December and at trade fairs organised by Young Enterprise in Princes Quay, Hull and Freshney Place, Grimsby on Saturday 7 February 2009. The company is also looking into setting up their own website and making their goods available to buy on sites such as ebay.

In addition to valuable input from their Student Adviser and the Young Enterprise support materials, Jan Cassells from Earth Energies Complementary Medicine & Therapies Clinic in Ashby is one of three business advisers who are giving up their time to work with the learners at the College. Through links with businesses the learners are able to experience business enterprise first hand and learn from the experiences and expertise of people who have already been their and done what the learners are now doing.

If you have any unwanted handbags, buttons, beads or other craft materials that you would like to donate to help the girls get their company of to the best possible start, please drop them into main reception at North Lindsey College.

NVQ 3 Beauty Therapy – Spa Route learners with some of the handbags they will be customising as part of their business start-up.

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