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“Inspirational” event supports tomorrow’s entrepreneurs
27th September 2019

Conference will provide sixth form pupils with unique business insight.

Schools from across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon are being invited to register their interest in an event specifically arranged to develop and support the entrepreneurial skills of their sixth form pupils.  The 2020 Bryanston Business Conference will provide pupils from schools and sixth form colleges right across the region with a unique opportunity to feed off the energy and passion of visionary business leaders from many sectors of industry – from fashion and beauty to property and technology.

The annual event has continued to grow in stature and popularity since it was first introduced in 2013.  In previous years, pupils from secondary schools in Gillingham, Poole, Salisbury, Blandford, Sherborne and Dorchester have benefitted from the event. According to the event organiser, Amanda Lovejoy, Development Manager at Bryanston School, the conference provides an important opportunity for budding entrepreneurs from schools all over the region to develop their business ideas and skills alongside respected and inspirational mentors from the world of industry.

“Far from adopting a conventional format, the Bryanston Business Conference provides pupils with a challenging but exciting hands-on experience to work with highly successful business men and women - as well as pupils from other schools - to help develop and refine their commercial awareness and innovation skills,” says Lovejoy. “It’s a very motivational event that is unlike anything else the young participants will have encountered in their coursework and it really does open their eyes to the possibilities and realities of business life."

The 2020 Bryanston Business Conference will be on Friday 19th June.  In previous years, mentors have included familiar names from the world of industry, including Julia Hailes MBE, Sebastian Conran, Claire Dresser, Sophie Harley, Justin Urquhart-Stewart, Adam Greenwood, Tom Honey and Alison Kyle.  Many previous mentors will be returning for the 2020 business conference at Bryanston alongside other business leaders from a diverse range of industries.

Mark Hannington, Head of Careers at Poole Grammar School, feels that the Bryanston Business Conference provides invaluable insight and encouragement as pupils prepare for life after their time at school.  “I have seen at first hand just how inspiring this event is for inquisitive young minds – not just those aiming for a university placement, but for any pupil about to enter employment or with the germ of an idea for their own business venture.  It is particularly gratifying to see pupils from so many schools across the region working together and rising to the challenge of developing new business ideas while benefitting from the knowledge and experience of such respected and successful role models."

The Conference takes place at Bryanston School and comprises a series of workshops with the mentors working with teams of pupils to develop new ethical business products or services. The event culminates with each mentor’s selected team giving a short presentation to all pupils and mentors, with all attendees then voting for their favourite idea.  The three winning teams then receive prize money for their selected charity.  The winners at the 2019 Conference raised £500 for Children on the Edge, £250 for Air Ambulance UK and £100 for WasteAid.

“It is a pleasure to have the opportunity of working with tomorrow’s visionaries and entrepreneurs,” says Adam Greenwood, a technology futurist and regular mentor at the Bryanston Business Conference. “The motivations and refreshingly different approach to business of the next generation really do provide an indication of the shape of things to come, as they are so mindful of the impact of their ideas on people and the environment. The Conference helps to nurture and encourage such a focused mindset.  And our role as mentors is to show what’s needed to turn the spark of a good idea into something that really can make a difference while also providing a fulfilling and rewarding career."

Any school keen for their pupils to attend next year’s Bryanston Business Conference should register their interest at the earliest opportunity by contacting Amanda Lovejoy at development@bryanston.co.uk