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In partnership with Bridge 2 Business, Ayrshire College celebrates the second year of The Enterprising students Event

Over 500 students get inspired at Ayrshire College's Enterprising Students Event!

Ayrshire College in partnership with Bridge to Business, hosted its second Enterprising Students event at the Kilmarnock Campus, celebrating the success of students who have started up their own business in the last year.

Employers and support organisations across Ayrshire including: Business Gateway and Princes Trust attended the event aimed at inspiring students to develop their enterprise skills and ideas.

Over 500 students attended throughout the afternoon workshops, where they learnt how the Enterprising Students campaign continues to offer mentoring support to students looking to start up a business, as well as highlighting the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £5000 from the Ayrshire College Foundation.

Principal Carol Turnbull welcomes guests to the morning session event.

No less than nine guest speakers attended the event to host workshops on the day which were designed to cover all areas of enterprise and business planning. Speakers included Jack Allan, 95 Social and Lucy Thomson who is a former Ayrshire College student who started a fitness business called Coach Lucy. All attendees got the opportunity to meet partner organisations, inspirational role models and enterprising start-ups.

Lucy Thomson. Coach Lucy

The students heard from a panel of former students who have started up their ownbusiness after receiving the Enterprise fund grant in the last year. The panel comprised the students listed below. To read their blog on their journey into enterprise click the links below.

BryanShaw - 18:15 Media
ChrisSaby - FunnyGrump Clothing
LornaHamilton - Hushed Salon
SharleneAtkinson - Handmade Sewing Boutique
AaronYates - Artificial Pathogen
ScottHaddow - 11:11 Events

Panel of students who were successful in receiving the ES 5k Grant for their business idea.

As one of the first cohort of students to be awarded the £5000 grant for his start-up business 11:11 Events, Scott Haddow said "My mentor Lynn Kelly believed in me and helped me realise my potential. She helped me to understand the finance and marketing side of my business, and showed me how to write a professional business plan. I have also enjoyed going along to various enterprise events and workshops Bridge2Business has organised, these have all been inspiring and allowed me to network and get feedback on my ideas.

"If I hadn't come to college, I wouldn't be doing this now. It really has turned my life around, and got me to a better place."

Scott Haddow, 11:11 Events

Scott Haddow 11:11 Events

Lynn Kelly, Bridge 2 Business Programme Executive, said: "This event helped to raise awareness of the enterprise support, career opportunities and funding available to students who are interested in setting up a business. The event also provided students with the opportunity to network and make connections for the future.

"Students have the potential to be entrepreneurs of the future, so it's important that we help give them the best start on their business journey as we possibly can. We're delighted that we're able to support so many college students into enterprise and mentor those who wish to apply for the ES grant funding scheme.

To find out more about the Enterprise Fund, email lynn.kelly@yes.org.uk.

Lynn Kelly, Bridge 2 Business & student Chelsea Craven