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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Cumbria's golden generation of young entrepreneurs

Cumbria is nurturing a new generation of global entrepreneurs.

Sylvia Grainger photo
Sylvia Grainger

The county’s university has been presented with an award highlighting the support it gives to businesses and those behind them.

It has been handed a High Impact Award for the work the institution gave Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

Its trade experts gave free workshops and advice sessions to budding Lord Sugars as part of the drive last month. A range of people attended the events including students from the University of Cumbria, sixth form pupils from William Howard School, Year 10 and 11 pupils from Caldew School as well as business owners and those interested in setting up their own businesses.

Organisers of Global Entrepreneurship Week – an international campaign set up to nurture the next generation of business leaders – have now ranked the university’s efforts, based in Carlisle, as among the very best held during the campaign.

The accolade comes as the university’s business credentials are enhanced by its new business interaction centre in the heart of Carlisle, where the enterprise week events took place.

Sylvia Grainger, the university’s student enterprise co-ordinator, said: “We are thrilled to be presented with a High Impact award, and for GEW to commend the events we held during Enterprise Week in this way.

“The university has an ongoing commitment to support businesses and entrepreneurs, and our dedicated enterprise team is always on hand to offer advice and guidance.”

Enterprise Week was run by the university in partnership with Carlisle College, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council

Sylvia added: “We are proud to have strong links with a range of organisations in the region and we will continue to work together to help our business community flourish.

“We are looking forward to organising another Enterprise Week in 2014 which will build on the success of this year’s programme.”

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