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The Force is Strong for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs


A reality television star dubbed Jedi Jim will encourage budding entrepreneurs from across the North East to unleash the force when he delivers an out-of-this-world business advice session.

Jim Eastwood.jpgJim Eastwood – who shot to fame as a finalist in last year’s series of hit show The Apprentice – will reveal that the key to his success has not been Jedi mind tricks, but lots of hard work and expert support. Jim will be joined by a host of inspiring business leaders at Be Your Own Boss - a free event held on Wednesday, April 18 by Enterprise North East Trust (ENET) as part of North East Business Week.

North East Business Week is supported and run by ENET, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and the Federation of Small Businesses and takes place from 16th to 20th April with the theme of ‘Driving Growth’.

Jim earned the nickname Jedi Jim during his bid to win a contract with Sir Alan Sugar because of his persuasive abilities and mind games in the boardroom. He will encourage those gathered at the event to consider entrepreneurship as a rewarding and exciting career path, and will reveal how the lessons he has learned through his education and family have helped him to maximise opportunities and fulfil his potential.

Judith ThorpeAlso sharing their inspiring experiences are local business owners Judith Thorpe of Thorpe Molloy and Craig Angus of Whaapp Ltd, who will discuss the benefits and excitement that comes with owning a business, as well as the challenges faced and how they overcame them. They will be sharing details of the support they used when they were starting out and the support that is available now to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Gary McEwan, chief executive of Enterprise North East Trust says; “At Enterprise we are committed to supporting the establishment of new businesses which are crucial to the economic development of the region. Graduate employment is currently at around 25% and our aim is to encourage young people to think about what they can achieve and inspire them to use their skills and knowledge to start a business of their own- create jobs rather than look for jobs. As part of North East Business Week we hope to inspire young people to find out more about the dynamic businesses and entrepreneurs operating in the North East and we want to highlight the importance of making the most of what support is available.

Craig Angus“Last year’s event proved to be a real success and the feedback we received was very positive, so I am confident that this year’s North East Business Week will be equally informative and that our speakers’ experiences will leave attendees feeling inspired for their future.”

Be Your Own Boss takes place at Robert Gordon University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, Aberdeen from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. The event is free but booking is essential.

Visit www.nebwbeyourownboss.eventbrite.co.uk to book or www.northeastbusinessweek.co.uk for more information.  North East Business Week is an initiative by the region’s four principal business organisations – Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC), Enterprise North East Trust (ENET), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) – to jointly highlight the message that this region continues to be a major economic driver for economic recovery in Scotland and across the UK.

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Photo Caption: Top right - Jim Eastwood; Middle - Judith Thorpe; Bottom - Craig Angus.

Notes to Editors:

  • North East Business Week is an initiative by the region’s four principal business organisations – Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC), Enterprise North East Trust (ENET), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) – to jointly highlight the message that this region continues to be a major economic driver for economic recovery in Scotland and across the UK.
  • Business Week running from April 16th to 20th 2012, and now in its second year, will consist of a series of events focussing on a number of key areas relevant to the future business growth and prosperity of the region, such as international opportunities, leadership, entrepreneurship and access to finance.
  • “North East Business Week – Creating an enterprising and prosperous future” remains the overall thrust, with the theme for 2012 - Driving Growth.
  • Further information is available at  www.northeastbusinessweek.co.uk

Media enquiries to:

AGCC - Kate Yuill, Policy & Communications Manager, kate.yuill@agcc.co.uk; 01224 343913 or Andrew Spence, Policy & Communications Assistant, andrew.spence@agcc.co.uk; 01224 343925
ENET – Laura Anderson, Tricker PR, landerson@trickerpr.com; 01224 654081
FSB – Andy Willox, Convenor, Scottish Policy Unit FSB, andy@gold-star.co.uk; 01224 897063
SCDI – Ian Armstrong, SCDI Regional Director, ian.armstrong@scdi.org.uk; 07824619328