Monmouthshire County Council’s Youth Enterprise team celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017 with an inspirational workshop for over 60 Year 9 pupils at Caldicot School on Wednesday 15th November.

Pupils heard the personal journeys of local entrepreneurs and how they turned a hobby in to thriving businesses. Monmouthshire advertising agency director James Robinson of Hello Starling, local horror author Tim Lebbon, Monmouthshire artist David Charles and independent coffee and vinyl record shop owner Sophie Smith shared with students their stories how they have turned what they believed in – into successful businesses.

The event was supported by Monmouthshire County Council and Welsh Government job growth initiative Big Ideas Wales.

Pupils took part in an interactive workshop where they were encouraged to think of a business idea derived from their own hobby or interest.

Big Ideas Wales role models, film maker Nathan Webb and Janet Mier, Richard Selby from Pro Steel Engineering and Aaron Reeks, local estate agent and Director of the Caldicot Town Team were on hand to provide advice and knowledge to pupils during the workshop.

During the session students were invited to think about the variety of marketing channels available. The session emphasised the importance of social media as a channel to reach a global market. Pupils presented their ideas to the panel of judges and the winning team gained a prize.

Monmouthshire County Council Enterprise Team aim to work with people of all ages in Monmouthshire to help and support the emergence and sustainability of local businesses. By working with pupils in local schools the team hope to encourage and showcase the endless possibilities for young people to have the confidence to start up a business that they are passionate about.

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Richard John said: ‘I was so excited to be involved in such an inspirational day. Our pupils shared some fantastic ideas about how they could turn their own hobbies in to businesses. I am looking forward to being involved in future events. I strongly believe that listening and learning from first-hand experience is the best way to inspire and raise expectations. Here in Monmouthshire we have so many wonderful businesses our pupils can learn from.’

For more information about Monmouthshire County Council Youth Enterprise Team contact Hannah Jones or call 01633 644913, mobile 07738 340 418.