Jersey Business receives High Impact Award

17/12/2014

Jersey Business has been awarded High Impact status by a leading national organisation for its contribution to this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

During GEW, held last month, 700 secondary school students were tasked with the challenge of developing a business idea that focused on reducing road traffic and improving the health and well-being of Islanders, working in teams through a series of events hosted by Jersey Business and facilitated by Hi5 and Careers Jersey.

Jersey Business advisors, local business people and entrepreneurs came together to act as mentors, providing valuable support and direction to the students to help them succeed in their tasks which involved teamwork, planning, research, concept creation and presentations. The week proved to be a huge success with both pupils, teaching staff and mentors alike and was instrumental in helping young people and business people connect on a collaborative platform with the aim of encouraging and developing on-going relations.

One of the highlights of the week was a visit by Sean Conway, the first person to swim from Land’s End to John O’Groats, who spent a day with the teams helping to motivate and encourage them in their endeavours.

High Impact status is a coveted award among GEW organising bodies across the British Isles. To be awarded the status six criteria have to be met, including how the event is promoted in the location and measuring the effect the activities organised during the week have on participants.

Graeme Smith, Chief Executive of Jersey Business said, ‘This is excellent news, not just for the team at Jersey Business but for all our budding entrepreneurs. We could not host Global Entrepreneurship Week without the support of our business mentors, facilitators and professional advisors who give up their time and expertise to make it such a huge success each year. This Award must also be shared with them and we thank them for their contribution.’

GEW is organised by Youth Business International, a global network of independent non-profit initiatives helping young people to start and grow their own business and create employment.

Congratulating Jersey Business on its win, Steve Metcalfe, Head of Communications and Campaigns at YBI, said, ‘Jersey Business was selected as a winner of the High Impact Host Award for Global Entrepreneurship Week in recognition of its contribution to this year’s campaign. GEW simply would not exist without hundreds of partner organisations around the UK and the world so we thank Jersey Business very much for its support.’

Last year the organisation helped nearly 14,500 youth-led businesses get off the ground in 40 different countries, creating employment for 200,000 people. In the British Isles there are now 3,000 GEW events organised each year, engaging with 300,000 young people.

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