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Chinese officials learn a Young Enterprise lesson



A group of visiting Chinese government officials visited Northumbria University to take part in Young Enterprise Start Up sessions on Tuesday 26th November.

Young Enterprise Manager Denise Chapman explained how 193 students from the university have set up and are running 35 businesses, supported by the charity.

The 17 Chinese government officials are visiting the university expand their knowledge of SMEs and enterprise practices in the UK. The event was part of a series of lectures over the week from various organisations and has become an annual trip involving different officials each year.

The talk was followed by a question and answer session through an interpreter. Amongst the many questions, Deputy Director General Qiliang Lan wanted to know how easy it was for young people to set up and run their own mini enterprise after doing such a remarkable programme. At the end of the event Denise was presented with a beautiful Chinese necklace as a thank you gift which she was delighted to receive.

Denise said: “The experience was very enjoyable. We anticipated language being a barrier, so I ensured I started and ended my presentation with a greeting in Mandarin, which was much appreciated by the audience.”

The Northumbria students, along with other University and school students, all running Young Enterprise companies across the  North East, will be holding a Trade Fair in the Exhibition Hall at the Metro Centre, Gateshead on the 9th February 2014.

They will be selling a wide variety of goods and services to the general public so come along and see the bright new enterprise talent of the future!