The movers and shakers of the future recently had their own business event thanks to Haringey Council’s Tottenham Charter initiative.
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 25 business students from Haringey Sixth Form College enjoyed a day at the 639, Enterprise Centre on Tottenham High Road. They joined in talks and workshops teaching them how to start a business, run a business and develop business skills.
The event was organised as part of the council’s Tottenham Charter initiative which brings businesses, developers and partners together to share their skills, experiences and opportunities with local young people in Tottenham.
“I work for the London Youth Support Trust and pledged to provide a presentation on the day teaching the students how to write a business plan,” said Cliff Dobbs. “It’s important to contribute something and give everyone access to different types of businesses. I’m glad I came along because it was a good event and the students were very engaged.”
Besides presentations from experts in their field the business students interviewed a panel of entrepreneurs, took part in a lively Q&A session and joined the business networking session.
“It was very useful because it gave me an idea of how to write a business plan and build a business,” said one of the students, Deborah. “I loved hearing lots of inspirational quotes and it made me feel positive about starting a business.”
“I was inspired myself!” said Donna Guthrie, a business lecturer at the Sixth form college. “The materials used were amazing and it was great that the students had an opportunity to speak to developing entrepreneurs. We look forward to attending other events like this in the future.”
The event was sponsored by The Trampery, which provides workspaces and manages the 639 Enterprise Centre.
“It was easy for me to pledge and be involved in the Tottenham Charter because it complements the work we do,” said Stephanie Pryce, house manager of the Tottenham branch of The Trampery. “The day itself was busy and all the speakers were very professional. I joined the Charter because it’s good to give something back and, for small businesses in particular, it’s a great opportunity to connect with others.”