After months of talking, the first of the activities that YBG agreed to help Preston School with started this week. Lee Chapman & Chris Legg joined groups of budding entrepreneurs from year 11 to watch their initial ideas take shape and to give feedback as they fine tune them into full blown business plans.
The Preston pupils were a delight to work with. If any of them decide that going into business in the real world is a career option then, if the energy levels and creativity are maintained, they should do well.
Far from crazy concepts the ideas on the whole were well considered and relatively mainstream however all had focused on taking a tried and tested model and giving it their own unique selling point spin. From cupcake shops to web design companies, from service industries to manufacturing, from sole trader to PLC no area was left untouched in the search for the optimum business model.
All the students had put considerable work into get to this stage of the process and presented their ideas professionally. They have a long way to go before they complete their plans and hopefully the advice and feedback that our members were able to give will allow them to move forward with successful business ideas, if not the best exam results they can achieve. Essentially as the underlying reason for YBG’s choice to give back in these areas our presence will help the pupils understand the realities of running their own business and hopefully enough of them will be inspired to become the next Ice Maiden Cakes or Motley.co.uk.
Our work with Preston Academy continues next week with other members attending a business speed networking event (prefer that title to speed dating) and the on-going Mentoring programme to start soon.
Yeovil Business Group is a great place to network, get support and grow your business and as can be seen in this partnership (as with our on-going participation in the Dare to Dream events) is delivering on its promise to give back to the community . Now that’s something to sing about!