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ENTERPRISING KIDS; Youngsters encouraged to have ideas A BRILLIANT CAREER IN TESS VALLEY The ABC campaign is run in association with TTE.

Byline: By KAREN McLAUCHLAN

TEESSIDE pupils have been finding out about the world of business as Enterprise Week continues in the Tees Valley.

Youngsters from South Bank Primary School took part in an Our Community event - to help them discover how different people and businesses operate within the community.

Dave Spensley, director of Newton Aycfliffe-based Aycliffe Fabrications visited the school to work with the group of three to eight-year-olds for the Young Enterprise North East event.

Events are taking place across the Tees Valley until Sunday as part of the annual UK-wide week of activities and events, aimed at encouraging young people to have ideas and make them happen.

Mr Spensley said: "I am proud to be involved in the Young Enterprise Our Community programme and in particular working in South Bank Primary School.

"I think it is important to give schools in the Tees Valley business support and encourage young people to be enterprising and show them that business ideas can work at home in this area."

The Our Community programme builds on the idea that it is important

to lay the foundations of an enterprising mindset from an early age to nurture young talent of the future.

Now in its fourth year, Enterprise Week is part of the Make Your Mark campaign, encouraging business ideas in young people.

Pamela Hargreaves is head of the two-year Make Your Mark Tees Valley programme, which aims to encourage a more entrepreneurial culture among the school pupils of all ages.

She said: "The Make Your Mark in the Tees Valley campaign message is simple: if you have an idea, make it happen right here in your home town, here in the Tees Valley.

"The Young Enterprise programme highlights that young don't have to wait until you are older to make a difference to the community and to contribute to the economic prosperity of the region. People as young as three-years-old can be inspired and learn that they can turn their ideas into a reality in the Tees Valley."

Events are taking place during Enterprise Week throughout the Tees Valley by various organisations involved in encouraging regional youth enterprise.

Later today young people will get the chance to find out about the fashion industry as Teesside's award-winning fashion designer, Kate Fearnley hosts a fashion workshop as part of Enterprise Week 2007.

The Kate Fearnley Live Surgery takes place tonight at her boutique on Linthorpe Road. The event is aimed at giving young aspiring designers a 'warts and all' aspects of working in the industry and driving the message that people really can have an idea and make it happen at home in Tees Valley.

The workshop will include an introduction from 31-year old Kate, who has dressed the likes of Coleen McLoughlin, Jennifer Ellison and the cast of Hollyoaks. Kate will discuss her own experiences of running a business and give advice on creative design, manufacturing and retail. Guests will also be given a tour of her workshop.

Each day during Enterprise Week also has a theme. Today's is Woman's Enterprise Day, Thursday is Social Enterprise Day and Friday is Make Your Mark at Work.

For more details log on to www.enterpriseweek.org

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SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT: Louise Hooper and Jake Foster take part in one of the activities, above, and director of Aycliffe Fabrications Dave Spensley, right Pictures by TOM BANKS
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2007
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