Young people from communities facing economic and social challenges had the chance to learn about enterprise and entrepreneurship with help from financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson.
The firm supported the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship’s inaugural Elevate summer school in Bristol.
As part of the project the students spent a day at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office, where they took part in workshops on subjects including setting up a business, sources of funding, profit and loss, software and technology and the options open to school leavers and graduates.
The students, who either had an idea for a business or social enterprise or have a strong interest in entrepreneurship, were then given guidance on business pitching by Smith & Williamson professionals before presenting their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and business people on the final day. Selected students were also offered work experience at Smith & Williamson as a prize at the end of the summer.
Peter Ball, partner and scale-up lead at the Bristol office of Smith & Williamson, said: “It was a pleasure for us to be involved in the Aldridge Institute’s inaugural summer school, passing on the benefits of our experience and helping to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs. It was great to have them with us in the office for the day. Their energy was inspiring.”
Held at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus, the five-day event was also supported by Natwest’s Entrepreneur Accelerator Programme and brought together 35 students from academies run by the Aldridge Foundation, a charity set up by Sir Rod Aldridge, founder of outsourcing and professional services business Capita.