Stars of The Apprentice to inspire young entrepreneurs

Fri, 11/11/2016

London’s next generation of entrepreneurs will get the chance to pitch their business ideas to former BBC The Apprentice stars Tim Campbell and Margaret Mountford and meet other inspiring local business leaders during the second Westminster Enterprise Week (14th-20th November 2016).

More than half of young people in the UK aged 16 to 24 want to start their own business. The annual Westminster Enterprise Week is a Westminster City Council initiative that supports entrepreneurial talent by connecting local students to the world-class enterprise support and networks on their doorstep.

The 2016 edition will kick-off with a session aimed at igniting new business ideas delivered by Tim Campbell MBE, the first winner of the BBC’s The Apprentice and founder of start-up support organisation Bright Ideas Trust. Brave students will be able to present their ideas to Tim and Margaret Mountford, former advisor to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice, with a prize for the best pitch.

Margaret Mountford said:   “Westminster Enterprise Week is a fantastic event, and I’m delighted to once again be able to witness first-hand the energy and positivity that come from the students. It is great to see Westminster City Council encouraging young residents to turn their ideas into reality and supporting them on their way to becoming business leaders.”

Over the course of the week, more than 1,000  students from Westminster’s secondary schools and colleges will tour local enterprise spaces including Somerset House and Impact Hub Westminster, take part in creative workshops, and put their questions directly to entrepreneurs and experts from different industries. For the first time, the programme includes a session dedicated to female entrepreneurship, organised by UN Women ambassador and Global Champion Charlene Laidley of the FutureProof Foundation.

Cllr Daniel Astaire, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration, Business and Economic Development, Westminster City Council, said: “We know that many young people dream about starting a business of their own. Westminster Enterprise Week is our way of nurturing those ambitions and part of our continued commitment to supporting all levels of entrepreneurship in the city.

“Westminster is home to more start-ups than anywhere else in the UK, and our businesses contribute more to the national economy than those in any other local authority area. By connecting young talent to our thriving business community, we want to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and shine a light on their important contribution to both the local and national economy.”  

Westminster Enterprise Week is an official partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest entrepreneurship campaign. Vist the website for more information  #WEW2016

Last updated: 2 November 2017