Campion School in Leamington has recently appointed local business owner Sarah Windrum as their Enterprise Adviser to encourage the entrepreneurs of the future. Sarah started her own technology business with her Co-Founder in 2009 and The Emerald Group now employs a team of 15 people working to improve the IT infrastructure and processes of both local businesses and national brands.
“I have attended Careers Days at Campion for the past two years and I have always been hugely impressed at the entrepreneurial mind-set of the students,” Sarah Windrum explains, “so when Michael Wilson approached me to support the school as their link with industry, I jumped at the opportunity to work more closely with such a forward-thinking school.”
Michael Wilson, Careers Advisor for Campion School, had already worked with Sarah on a school visit to local gaming companies in the area including Playground Games and Exient during National Tech Week in July.
“We wanted Sarah to work with us as our Enterprise Adviser because of her links with local businesses and also her ability to think creatively and harness new ideas,” Michael says. “We are very excited about the opportunities our students will gain by building links through her and her contacts.”
Sarah is also a Board Director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), who help to fund the Enterprise Adviser programme in conjunction with the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub and the Careers and Enterprise Company.
Dave Lennox co-ordinates the Enterprise Advisor Network for the region and has been pleased at the support from businesses and schools.
“We now have 18 Enterprise Advisors in 21 schools and colleges and we anticipate this will shortly increase to 25. We are also encouraging those businesses who can’t make the Enterprise Advisor commitment to become Industry Champions and work with schools to promote careers in their sector.”
Sarah’s appointment ties in with Global Entrepreneurship Week which runs from 14th November with an official launch at the British Library in London.
“Entrepreneurship is not only about starting your own business,” Sarah explains, “I want to employ entrepreneurial young people because they bring new ideas on how to maximise productivity and minimise costs. They are the future for all industry.”
To find out more about the Enterprise Advisor programme please contact Dave Lennox email@example.com.