First hand support for young business minds

YOUNGSTERS can find out how to turn great ideas into cash.

Around 20 young people will be working with experts from North Tyneside’s Business Factory, Adult Learning Alliance and local traders in a week of events aiming to inspire, build confidence and help develop skills.

They will learn how to make creative products such as cards, jewellery and art while receive advice about business planning, research, marketing and financial management.

Local small business owners will also give a first-hand account about starting-up and running a venture.

And tomorrow (Friday) the entrepreneurs will sell their goods from 1pm to 3pm at a pop-up shop based at North Tyneside’s Youth Village, in North Shields, and keeping any profits.

Jane Pickthall, North Tyneside’s teacher for looked-after children, helped organise the event.

She said: “This week is all about being creative and supporting young people to develop their skills or ideas into a viable business idea.

“We hope that the week will enable these enterprising young people to gain the confidence and skills to pursue their dreams, recognise their own potential and help them find new solutions to situations they previously saw as barriers.”

Debbie Dunn, ideas officer for the Business Factory, said: “We are hoping to help uncover their real passions and help them to look at enterprise as a real and exciting opportunity to do something they really enjoy, helping them to develop a possible career from their interests.”