Some of Oldham’s leading business brains have visited school to inspire students with their stories of struggle and success. Each term a year group are invited to the Business Breakfast sessions to find out about the experiences. The events also offer a time to ask questions and discover how the Oldham-based businesses and other organisations have come about.
The latest event Andy Powell from Hack Oldham talked about the borough’s own ‘hack space’, a collaborative project where anyone can join to get creative. This might be developing a prototype, setting up a social enterprise or sharing resources and skills. The students found out how they can get involved.
The event also shared the success of Sonia Ayaz who spoke about YENO, an Oldham project helping people with business ideas and offer grant funding to get young people’s ideas off the ground. Sonia had an idea to manufacture ethically-produced, high quality ladies’ handbags. It took her two years of hard work to develop a prototype, but her business is now going from strength to strength.
Citizenship and Values co-ordinator Miss Parkinson said, “The business breakfasts are already proving very inspiring. Students should look out for when it is their year group’s turn and just come along. It could be the spark they need to get their own business started.”