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Entrepreneur Shares Secrets Of Success With Nottingham Students

Julie Meyer with NCN StudentsRenowned entrepreneur and investor Julie Meyer MBE visited New College Nottingham in November, kicking off Global Entrepreneurship Week.

At the round table event, Ms Meyer was joined by leading local business figures including Adam Bird, founder of Esendex, and Toby Reid, director of BioCity, to discuss the issues facing entrepreneurs in Nottingham.

Students and local business owners were then given the chance to quiz Ms Meyer on all aspects of entrepreneurship and hear her views on how young people can be the disruptors and wealth creators of the future. She also signed copies of her new book Welcome to Entrepreneur Country and advised the students and entrepreneurs not to plan for anything but really big success.

Discussion focused on the issue of skills, and how New College Nottingham – through its work with Gazelle and entrepreneurs such as Ms Myer – can give the ‘missing million’ the skills, ambition and confidence to succeed in the workplace.

Julie Meyer, founder of Ariadne Capital, said: "Tonight we brought the dialogue of Welcome to Entrepreneur Country to Nottingham, a brilliantly entrepreneurial city, which is beginning its own journey with the launch of its Creative Quarter."

Amarjit Basi, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Nottingham added: "Entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we are trying to achieve at New College Nottingham as a Gazelle College. Bringing in high-profile business figures like Julie Meyer is an important part of giving our students and the local enterprise community the ideas and inspiration they need to succeed as entrepreneurs.

"Julie is an inspiring speaker with a wealth of business experience, and her ideas and advice were invaluable for all our students who attended."

New College Nottingham is a founder member of the Gazelle Group, a cluster of further education colleges that are using entrepreneurial principles to drive educational reform and giving students opportunities to develop the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century workplace.