Entrepreneurs from law, public relations and cybercrime to insurance and consulting gathered at Christ’s Hospital last month (26 April) for a networking event with sixth form pupils.
Following an introduction by David Mellor, founder of a leading mentoring and consultancy business helping people’s transition to entrepreneurial careers and author of several books on entrepreneurship, the members of the Guild of Entrepreneurs shared their experiences. Whether it be to start up a business or for advice on how to be successful in employment, the event provided pupils with valuable insight and new networks.
As well as talks and a Q&A session, there was plenty of time for networking with the entrepreneurs. Several CH pupils had already benefited from work experience through the Guild’s members.
Emilia, 18, commented: “Neo and I have been involved in building a strong connection with the Guild of Entrepreneurs over the past year. Our first meeting was at the networking event last March at CH, where we met Nicola Manning; the head of development and education for the Guild. Subsequently, we were invited to attend a networking event held by the Guild in London, where we met a variety of very interesting, successful and inspiring entrepreneurs who all had vastly diﬀerent businesses. Since that event, Neo and I had the opportunity to shadow two important businessmen; Simon Fordham and Robert Ferguson, who helped us gain an insight into their respective professions. CH has also developed links with Mandy Haberman, inventor of the self-seal cup, her visit being a fascinating experience for our DT department.