With jobs ever harder to find and a pessimistic air often in evidence, anyone not at the recent Electric Enterprise event, hosted by the dynamic Jill White of E3 entrepreneurs-only network, really missed out.
It showcased the best of Sheffield’s young entrepreneurs’ businesses and launched the Sheffield Young Entrepreneurs Club.
I took my 14-year-old son who, with his schoolfriends, has run a social enterprise selling paper gifts imported from a leper colony in Nepal for the past two years.
We were both encouraged and inspired by the heartwarming stories and astounding top quality presentations of the young people like seed-selling Alicia at ‘Dig for Victory’ and jewellery-designing Rebecca of ‘Funky Sprout’ who won this year’s top prize at the BiG Enterprise Challenge.
Together with 21-year-old Ruth Amos of Stair Steady, former young engineer of Britain, the Froolys and talented students from Sheffield Hallam, their top tips and lessons learned were worthy of any professional training event.
My son didn’t want to leave after nearly four hours! He networked, took orders and made good contacts for his business. One top enterprise educator told me it was the best event of its kind he had ever been to and I couldn’t agree more.
When we read an average of 31 people apply for every job and nearly a million 16 to 24-year-olds are seeking employment, we now need more than ever to be developing the enterprising and employability skills of young people. This event did just that and showcased all that is best about young people in Sheffield and was worthy of a national audience.
Faye Smith, Sheffield 11