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Young Enterprise plays entrepreneurial role at Commonwealth Observance Day

Young Enterprise alumni will be among 2,000 guests including Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in Westminster Abbey for the annual Commonwealth Day Observance on Monday 11th March.

Fifty-four members of the modern Commonwealth come together on the second Monday in March every year to celebrate the diverse global family they are a part of.

Each year carries a theme, with this year’s being ‘Opportunity Through Enterprise’. There will be 24 Young Enterprise alumni attending who are past competition winners, joining a list of VIPs, stars and entrepreneurs.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s biggest enterprise education charity, and will run an entrepreneurial competition aimed at promoting enterprise across the Commonwealth for all of the students attending the service during the 45 minute period between being seated and the service starting.

In that short space of time students will be challenged to come up with a logo for a theoretical company and write a “pitch” to promote it to potential investors. The winner of the competition will win a free Young Enterprise Company or Primary Programme for their school.

Young Enterprise CEO Michael Mercieca said: “We are delighted to have been invited to attend the Commonwealth Day Observance.

“This year’s theme of Opportunity Through Enterprise ties in with our goal of encouraging young people to think about their future careers and developing in them the skills needed for the world of work.

“The activity we have organised fits in with this theme perfectly, and we look forward to engaging with the students present and working with the winning school to deliver their programme.”

The Commonwealth Day Observance is the UK’s largest multi-faith celebration. Other VIPs attending include Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, The Rt Hon The Lord Howell of Guildford and Commonwealth High Commissioners, as well as up to 200 other VIPs. There will be over 1,000 school children in attendance.

Sir Richard Branson will be making a speech at the Observance. Singer Beverley Knight will perform, as well as the Noisettes. Children’s poet John Agard will read a poem specially commissioned for the Observance.
Commonwealth Day marks the official launch of the Commonwealth Charter, which is a single document outlining the sixteen core values of the association, which the leaders of the Commonwealth have committed to upholding.