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Young Enterprise adopted by Bishop Fleming across the South West as the firm’s CSR project

The UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity has been adopted by  Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants in the South West and Worcestershire

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Young Enterprise and Bishop Fleming are working in collaboration to offer financial and, where possible, business adviser support for the Young Enterprise Company Programme to South West and Worcestershire schools.

The Company Programme provides young people the opportunity to set up and run their own business throughout one academic year through which they gain vital employability skills including; leadership, adaptability, teamwork, planning, problem solving, negotiation, communication and decision making.  The Company programme is funded nationally by HSBC, and regionally by local businesses and volunteers.

Bishop Fleming provide a number of  Business Advisers to work with the young people and the school centre lead to help them set up and run their business.  All business advisers will receive comprehensive training and support from a Young Enterprise Manager.

As part of the Company Programme, the student groups participate in trade fairs and competitions at local and regional levels with the potential to progress through to the National and European Finals.

The business relationship between Young Enterprise and Bishop Fleming is overseen by Matthew Lee, Managing Partner based at the Bristol office and Julie Pond, Young Enterprise South West Area Manager.  The individual Young Enterprise County managers will work in conjunction with the individual offices to oversee the school relationship and adviser training.

Bishop Fleming have offices in Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Truro and Worcester and can offer advisors in those areas.

Young Enterprise is a charity that is close to many people’s hearts at Bishop Fleming.  A great deal of the Bishop Fleming team have participated in the programme themselves and speak very positively about the skills they learned from the experience. Those people range from Matthew Lee, Managing Partner, to one of their youngest colleagues, Shannon Grimsley who joined straight from school this year.

Speaking of her experiences of Young Enterprise Shannon said, “I took part in Young Enterprise during my first year of sixth form, and after being elected Managing Director by my peers, we set up our company #Reco. Our company’s main products were pieces of jewellery that we made from cutlery, such as fork bracelets, as well as other recycled goods.

We achieved many successes, such as coming first in the Bromsgrove District Finals, second in the H&W county finals, winning a six month contract with Webbs of Wychbold Garden Centre to sell our products, and an all expenses paid trip to London with Goldman Sachs after becoming a top 15 finalist against many 400 schools and universities around the country.

Young Enterprise was certainly one of the best experiences I was offered during my school life, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anybody!”