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Fresh Start at Fife College

  • Fife’s Biggest Student Enterprise Event
  • Workshops, Speakers, Competitions, Prizes, Enteprise Marketplace, Singing, Dancing and Unicorns

Tuesday 30th October 2018 marked a special day for me; after 2 months in my role as a Bridge 2 Business Programme Executive for Edinburgh College, i left Edinburgh early and headed north across the Queensferry crossing into Fife and on to Kirkcaldy for the "Fresh Start Enterprise Event" at St Bryce Kirk, this marked the first day of Bridge 2 Businesses exciting new partnership with Fife College for the 2018/2019 academic term.

Over 120 students joined us at the beautiful St Bryce Kirk (located just across the road from the St Brycedale campus of Fife College), where the brilliant Dee Bleakley hosted a packed day of talks, workshops and networking. I was delighted to see Fife College had reached out to the local enterprise support ecosystem in Fife and South East Scotland and enjoyed catching up with colleagues from FirstPort, Social Enterprise Academy and SIE, some of Young Enterprise Scotland's key allies in the mission to embed enterprise education into schools and colleges across Scotland.

Talks and Seminars

Host Dee Bleakley's positive approach to the whole event was a delight to watch, he did an amazing job of keeping the audience engaged and speakers on track throughout the day while creating an safe space for students to share ideas and address any concerns they had about utilizing their skills and personality when seeking employment or venturing into business - I would highly recommend that anyone looking for an insightful and engaging host who cares about understanding your audience, contact Dee via his website - deebleakley.com.

Dee Bleakley

Dee introduced the first speaker of the day, Fazer Reid of FAR Cabinet Makers from Fife who was there to talk about his experience in setting up his woodworking business, collaborating with artists and showing off his gorgeous new surfboard which he had just finished planing and was ready to be sealed and sent off to be fiber glassed.

FAR Cabinet Makers

Bridge 2 Business Launch

I was delighted to let the 120 students in attendance of my new role within Fife College, as their new Bridge 2 Business programme Executive I will be on hand to work with teaching staff to deliver engaging workshops and lessons in and out of the classroom, support group projects and give any students 121 advice about setting up or growing a business. There was a great energy in the room and several students approached me during the break to get my contact details to arrange a 121 to find out how i might help them to plan their business, develop a website, secure funding or find a mentor, it's safe to assume that the entrepreneurial students of Fife college will keep me busy this year!

If any students or teachers didn't get a chance to speak to me, please do go ahead and send me an email at james.montgomery@yes.org.uk to see how i can support you in your journey into enterprise!