Helping the next generation of entrepreneurs

Each year, we work with leading education charity Young Enterprise to deliver financial literacy and employability skills to young people (aged 15 – 19) through their flagship Company Programme. The charity work with around 2,500 schools annually to undertake the year-long programme in which students get the opportunity to set up and run a real business under the watchful eye of a ‘Business Adviser’ volunteer from companies such as The Nottingham.

In the 2015/16 academic year, we volunteered over 200 hours guiding students on their journey through a series of regional, county and area competitions - which culminated in a chance to battle it out in London for the national titles and of course, the coveted ‘Company of The Year’ award.

We are continuing working with them this year and are incredibly proud to be financially supporting ten local schools across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to enable them to deliver this Young Enterprise programme.

Chief Executive and Young Enterprise alumni David Marlow acts as judge

We are proud to be supporting Young Enterprise, an organisation that helps young people develop valuable skills for their working life.

As a business we actively seek out ways in which we can help our local charities whether that's through donations or time. This initiative is particularly close to our hearts as not only can we help the next generation of adults grow into financially and business literate adults but it also helps our employees benefit hugely from volunteering their time.

We believe it is a great initiative which a number of us here, including myself, have benefited from back in our school and college days, and continue to benefit from by working with the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Head of Finance Andy Lumby volunteered at De Lisle College in Loughborough

When I was growing up, I was advised that you need to make your own way in the world, the more you put in the more you will get out. The Company Programme teaches exactly this and provides a unique opportunity for young people to develop practical business skills in a safe environment. 

As a volunteer, YE provides an excellent opportunity to develop mentoring and communication skills as well as gaining that sense of pride as you see your team develop and hopefully progress in the competitions. 

The advice I give to students is to enjoy the YE experience, not to be afraid to seek advice and ask questions, sometimes the simplest questions are the most important.


Customer Adviser Sarah Booth from Bulwell volunteered at Bulwell Academy

The business that the students run are actually real businesses and a lot of the time they can relate to their relevant studies. 

However it is always good to be there to offer practical advice and make them think about the best way to approach problems. It is sometimes hard though letting them work through issues rather than telling them what you know from experience!

It's not just the children who benefit. I have gained confidence from taking part in this scheme. It has allowed me to talk to a range of people I would not meet in my day-to-day job and has allowed me to hone my coaching skills, something that is really important to me as I want to progress my career at The Nottingham.