Young entrepreneurs get a taste for business

Young entrepreneurs get a taste for business

A group of budding entrepreneurs have been working hard over the summer, as part of the Cestria Housing Enterprise and Money Skills Week.

The week-long programme of activities gave 13 young people aged 16-24 a real insight into the reality of running their own businesses.

The Enterprise & Money Skills Week brought together experts from fields such as sales, marketing, business planning and budgeting, to enhance the skills of the young people and support them in their venture.

The workshops were led by self-starting small business people from the County Durham area, and speakers included Meryl Levington from business consultancy Actif and self-employed business woman Donna Watson.

The week culminated in a real life experience of running a market stall, courtesy of Chester le Street market and Nobles Promotions.

Cestria Community Housing’s financial inclusion team has been delivering the Enterprise and Money Skills Week for several years.

Activity lead Michelle Fortune said: "We have developed these enterprise weeks to provide real life, hands on experience for young people and the week has proven so successful with many moving into apprenticeships, work and further education.

“This year's group has really shone with their creativity and ingenuity.

“Apprenticeships are being secured, college applications made and even some discussions are being had about the young people starting their own businesses!”

The young people who took part in the event can continue to access support into employment and training through Durham Works now that the event is over.

Alaine Robson of Durham Works said “This is the first year I have been involved in the Enterprise Week, and we have thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s been amazing watching the attendees’ journeys throughout the week.”


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