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News: Local businesses urged to support Ready Hubs!

Posted on: November 14th, 2012

Rotherham Ready, is currently looking for local businesses to get involved and support the development of the borough’s entrepreneurs of the future.

Rotherham Ready, launched in 2005, has become internationally acclaimed for its approach to integrating enterprise into learning for all children aged 4-19. The town won the prestigious Enterprising Britain competition in 2010 for this work which is now being replicated nationally through the NESTA Creative Councils programme.

Within Rotherham, a new approach to community based enterprise education is being coordinated at three Learning Communities, known as Ready Hubs, and more businesses are being sought to get involved in this exciting phase of working with schools, colleges and local communities.

A business briefing is taking place on Tuesday November 27 from 8.30am – 9.30am, at Rockingham Professional Development Centre, on how local businesses can offer meaningful support at a manageable level.

Kate Penney, Creative Councils Coordinator at Rotherham Ready, said: “I am really excited to be working with Rotherham Ready to develop the already successful and highly regarded enterprise provision across Rotherham.

“I am particularly excited by the further development of the programme that will promote and engage representatives from schools and colleges, the wider community and businesses.

“The business briefing event on the 27th November is an excellent platform for businesses to get involved with young people and the community to raise aspirations and give enterprise education and skills a real life context. There are a number of different ways that businesses large and small can support this and we encourage them to come along to the event to find out more.”

Previous work includes the innovative “Make £5 Blossom” scheme where businesses are invited to loan children £5 each, with a maximum loan of £150, with the aim of introducing children to the skills involved in running a business by letting them have a go themselves.

Jacqui Saxon, Creative Director at The Ultimate Balloon Company in Rotherham, said: “I’ve been involved in Make £5 Blossom and I’ve been a Young Entrepreneur’s Club mentor. As a business person I believe we should educate about self employment and support the development of crucial workplace skills. These projects are brilliant at doing that.

“Young people show such energy and creativity and you see them grow in confidence.”

To book a place at the Rotherham Ready business briefing email Kate.Penney@rotherham.gov.uk