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OSSMA’s Entrepreneurs

Posted on: December 7, 2016

Future entrepreneurs brush up their business skills as six Year 10 pupils from Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy are receiving expert advice to put them on the right track to setting up their own businesses.

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce have been working with budding entrepreneurs on a business start-up programme, beginning with an awareness day held at the chambers’ Festival Park offices.

During the day the students worked alongside a group of chambers’ clients looking to start up their own business, giving them an insight into how self-employment works and an understanding of the importance of a business plan and cash flow.

The students already have ideas for starting their own businesses and will be continuing with the programme over the coming weeks.

Linda McQuade, Staffordshire Chambers’ Head of Enterprise, said: “The young people we have been working with are so impressive. To have strong business ideas at the age of 15 is incredible and they have the drive to really make their ideas work.

“Staffordshire Chambers has strong links with a number of high schools through our school membership programme. We’re proud to be able to provide that much-needed link between schools and the business community, and to work with schools to provide tailored support to meet the individual needs of their pupils.”

Steve Bradley from Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy said “This business start-up programme will be a great motivation to the students who are currently studying their GCSEs in Business Studies and we expect to see this reflected in their results this summer.”

For more information about Staffordshire Chambers’ school membership, contact Tom Nadin on 01782 202222.