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Young Enterprise alumni play key role at the Commonwealth Day Observance

Young Enterprise alumni played a key role at the Commonwealth Day Observance Service at Westminster Abbey on the 11th March.

The alumni were among 1,000 young people at the event, at which Young Enterprise Managers facilitated a pre-event activity and competition for all of the young attendees.

The students had to come up with a logo for a theoretical company and write a pitch to promote it to potential investors. The prizes are a free Company Programme for the student’s secondary school, or a day’s enterprising activity for the winning primary school.

HRH The Queen couldn’t make the day’s service but attended the evening reception to sign the Commonwealth Charter.

The Queen sent a Commonwealth message to the attendees, saying: “This year’s Commonwealth theme of Opportunity Through Enterprise is a celebration of our achievements, particularly those that may have seemed challenging, daunting or even impossible, which have helped to build strength, resilience and pride in our young people, in our communities and our nations.”

Sir Richard Branson gave an address on enterprise, re-iterating the idea that you don’t have to have a lot of money to start a business, but a great business idea  and courage to make it happen.

He went on to tell the well-known story of his beginnings selling advertising from a phone box to fund his magazine when he started out as an entrepreneur.

This year’s theme of Opportunity Through Enterprise celebrates the enterprising spirit which unlocks opportunities in small rural communities, large urban centres, businesses, governments and civil society, encouraging us to find ways to nurture enterprise through education, skills development and political action.