Visa Europe


Great Guns Marketing

LG Motion

Penningtons Solicitors

University of Winchester



What's On 4

Hire Serve


Phillips Solicitors


Review 2014

"Starting in Business" was the theme of this year's enterprise conference, which was attended by 100 students from Basingstoke College of Technology and Queen Mary's College and compèred by Alan Donegan from the Pop-Up Business School. Keynote speaker was Dr Liz Jackson MBE, who was once again inspirational and outlined her personal journey from local student to "Secret Millionaire". Workshops were run by local employers on topics including business start-up, enterprise, marketing, social media, legal issues and finance, and an 'Ask the Experts' session provided the opportunity for entrepreneurs to answer students' questions. Businesses supporting the event were HCR, Hireserve, LG Motion, Phillips, Vitacress and What's on 4. Simon Hood, winner of the Young Business Person of the Year at the Inspire13 awards, brought the conference to a close.

Basingstoke Consortium officially launched its 'Inspiring Youth' campaign at an Enterprise Conference for post-16 students in December 2013. Supported by RBS Inspiring Enterprise, the project was designed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and offer them access to the skills, time and talent of some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds the area has to offer.

The conference was opened by inspirational speaker, Dr Liz Jackson MBE, who shared her journey from start-up with the Prince’s Trust to successful business owner, and was compèred by local entrepreneur Alan Donegan, who runs the successful Pop-up Business School that operates across the country. Interactive workshops included: ‘starting a business – and doing good’, ‘ten ways to be a marketing genius like Lady Gaga’, ‘from apprentice to MD…it’s all about you’, ‘meet an apprentice’ and ‘start a business but don’t get sued’.

There was also an "Ask the Experts" panel and a 'market place' – all focused around the theme of 'enterprise'. The event ended with an entertaining talk by Simon Hood, Head of Marketing, HCR Group, and Young Business Person of the Year, Inspire Awards 2013 and Jemma Cooper of HI Therapies.

Key support for the conference came from a wide range of organisations including Visa Europe, HCR, Penningtons Manches LLP, Great Guns Marketing, LG Motion, Live UnLtd, Vitacress Salads, University of Winchester and What's on 4.

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Contributers included:
Dr Liz Jackson MBE, Perri Burton, Alan Donegan, Simon Hood
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Contributers included:
Dr Liz Jackson MBE, Jemma Cooper, Sam Willoughby
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“Overall I believe this project has been a fantastic experience and would recommend others to take part if they got the opportunity.  I have learnt a lot from taking part and it will definitely help me improve and grow my business.”
Tom Dent, QMC student

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Inspiring more youths! College students were invited to attend enterprise days organised in local secondary schools. Their role was to support the younger students as they worked in teams to create a business, sharing their knowledge and experience...

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Inspiring Youth FAQs

What is Inspiring Youth?
A chance to be mentored by local successful entrepreneurs, be inspired by others’ achievements and get practical support for your enterprising ideas. All opportunities that money can’t buy!

Who is running the programme?
The programme is being run by local educational charity Basingstoke Consortium. Each year the Consortium works with around 4,000 young people, providing access to businesses who offer real-life experiences of the world of work: all designed to inspire and encourage individuals to consider new opportunities. 

How do I find out more?
Please contact the organiser by e-mail or telephone 01256 840710.