Building futures on bright ideas

Written by marketing on 4th October 2019

Students from Chichester College are benefiting from a series of exclusive business clinics.

The college has teamed up with Basepoint Business Centre, in Terminus Road, to offer students regular workshops to help them discover more about starting their own businesses.

They’ll receive advice, support and information from a variety of guest speakers from across many different industries.

The first Student Business Clinic took place on Monday (30 September), where Robert Newman, Community Sales Manager at Basepoint, and Derek Irvine, Economic Development Officer at Chichester District Council, discussed type of support available to young entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in the local area.

Jenny Horton was among the students who joined them.

She said: “It was an extremely valuable and educational session, which helped me understand so much more of the business side of starting my own business up. I’m so glad I attended.”

The clinics are organised by Basepoint and the college’s Enterprise Society, which supports students from across Chichester and Brinsbury College.

Helen Loftus, Vice Principal at Chichester College, said: “Across the Chichester College Group, our ambition is to ‘change lives through learning’ and this is one example of our commitment to that vision.

“We know many of our students may have a long-term ambition to be their own boss and run their own companies, and through these clinics we hope they will be able to discover how they could turn their dreams into reality.

“Starting a business isn’t easy and it takes a lot of courage, commitment and determination to take that step, but support is available to them.”

Robert Newman added: “It was a real privilege to meet with some of the students from Chichester College. I was extremely impressed with their passion, drive and creativity.

Our expertly-led and interactive workshops are specifically designed to help young entrepreneurs gain the skills and knowledge needed to become successful business owners, whilst letting them know that support is available. We are grateful to Chichester College for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful initiative, and to Chichester District Council for helping to deliver an incredible session”