Free Enterprise Event on Monday 29th September at Birmingham Library

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eFest 2014 is a free one day event that has been set up to provide an opportunity for young people to meet entrepreneurs, funders, coders, mentors and more to help them along the way to becoming their own boss.

  • Hear from the UK’s top young entrepreneurs
  • Consider a coding career with all-day activity from Coding Cupboard and SEO agency, Croud
  • Do the ‘Escalator Pitch’ to showcase products and services to buyers and investors in the time it takes to ride the escalator from ground to first floor!
  • Meet a mentor as leading entrepreneurs from the Midlands and beyond arrive to give you one to one advice
  • Plotr your future with help from digital careers platform, Plotr
  • Apply for funding – Santander will be on hand throughout the day to review your business plan and outline the benefits of applying for funds
  • Receive a free StartUp Kit offering all you need to know to start a business

For more information and to register, visit the website.

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Calling all entrepreneurs in the making!

Do you think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Come into the Leamington site Library and take a look at our Entrepreneurial College display which showcases local entrepreneurs and College alumni who have gone on to have great business success.

If you have an innovative business idea, there are two competitions currently running in College that are offering students with the best idea and business plan a chance to win either £3000 or a trip to New York! See the posters and flyers around College for details.

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icould.com Careers Advise – inspiration for your career!

icould.com is about inspiration, encouragement and discovery. The idea is to help you make the most of your potential and talent, by showing how others have used theirs. Thinking about work can be exciting, confusing, daunting and just plain scary. Opportunities may also appear scarce, especially at the moment with the doom and gloom messages about the recession. This is why inspiration and encouragement are particularly important, so you can act positively, creatively and with optimism.

The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. There are over a thousand easy to search,varied career videos as well as hundreds of written articles. From landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where they are and their hopes for the future, as well as the times when they’ve messed up and had set-backs. There are a few stories from well-known people too. The video stories – as well as articles – also talk about real issues, such as problems at home, taking a year out, failing exams and coping with redundancy. You can also search by employment sector or by life decision – for example, whether or not to go to university. Finally, you can use the tag map, to search across all of the themes.

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to work, try the search facility or maybe start with one of the icould quizzes, such as The Buzz Test.

Don’t forget, there will be plenty of careers related events to get involved with during Get Set Progression Week here at the College, 11th-18th March; more info coming soon…

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New entrepreneurial books at the Libraries

  • Go Global: how to take your business to the world by Emma Jones

“International trade has moved into a new phase… You can now start a company on Monday and be trading with the world by Wednesday. The web has made this perfectly possible and… after all, a connection to the internet is a connection to over 1 billion potential customers.”

  • Turn your talent into a business: a guide to earning a living from your hobby by Emma Jones

“There’s never been a better time to turn your talent into turnover. Written in plain English, this book, written by small business guru Emma Jones, takes you step-by-step through the process”.

Find these books in the business section of the Libraries (658) or place a reservation on a title that is out on loan via the library catalogue.

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Global Enterprise Week winners get their certificates!

Joint winner Stacey Collins (left) receives her certificate

Joint winner Stacey Collins (left) receives her certificate

Entrepreneurial minded students received their prizes and certificates this week for the great ideas they entered in our ‘Business idea from an everyday object’ competition. A big “Congrats!” to all the winners and runners-up (including Gareth Hopkins who we didn’t manage to get a      photo of).

If you think you have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, check out our       e-books on Enterprise, a great place to get started!

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Runners-up David Helm and Juliette McCormack with their certificates

Runner-up Sam Cann (right)

Runner-up Jodie Simon (right)

Winners of the Library’s Global Enterprise Week competition are announced!

Thank you for all the great, innovative entries for our ‘Business idea from an everyday object’ competition. Students were asked to give a description of the service or product they would create from either a matchbox, egg box, pumpkin, pack of polos or pine cone. Great ideas included homemade pumpkin soup, customising pine cones to make decorations and wreaths, and ideas on making jewellery and jewellery boxes. Very well done to runners-up David, Jodie, Sam and Juliette (all Pershore centre) who, along with the winners, will receive official certificates for their efforts. £20 Amazon vouchers go to winners Gareth Hopkins (Rugby centre) – who came up with the idea of turning egg boxes into compartmentalised snack boxes to use at the cinema – and Stacey Collins (Leamington centre), who used artistic flair to design a model of a crocodile from egg boxes. A big congratulations to Gareth and Stacey!

If you have an enterprising idea you would like to make a reality, why not submit it to the College’s Enterprise Board? Visit the Entrepreneurial College pages on the intranet for more information.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week at all Libraries!

12th – 18th November is Global Entrepreneurship Week and there are many activities going on across College to get involved in! If you are looking for some enterprising inspiration you should stop in at any of the Libraries and take a look at our Entrepreneurship Week displays – there are many books on offer to help stimulate your creativity and give advice on how to make your business dreams a reality.

You can also read the inspiring stories of local entrepreneurs, and pick up an entry form for the competition challenging students to come up with a product or service based around one of five everyday objects, with the chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher!

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Starting a Business – Is It For Me? Find out at a free Enterprise event, Saturday 3rd November

Have you got a great idea for a new business? Would you like to work for yourself?

This is a FREE 3-hour workshop on Saturday 3rd November 2012 for anyone thinking of starting a new business or becoming self-employed for the first time.

The event is hosted by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership in collaboration with the Library Service and will provide an opportunity to explore the basics and network with other budding entrepreneurs.

This workshop is running at the Central Library (Abington Street, Northampton) where you can also access a range of excellent online and print resources to help you develop your business idea.

Places are limited so booking is essential. For more information, visit the website.

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New E-books in August and September

Click HERE  to see the purchased e-books during August and September! Our newest editions cover a variety of subjects, such as Enterprise, Childcare, Engineering, and Counselling. Click on the Title or Author, then the ‘Electronic resource’ link to access an e-book from this list.

All of our e-books are available to access via the library catalogue. Alternatively, to browse the e-books we have on offer, visit the E-Library and click on E-books under the relevant subject area.

For more information or to arrange training on how to access our e-books and our other online resources, please contact the library, we will be happy to help.

Teaching staff: Please contact me at Leamington if you are interested in getting e-books attached to units on the Learning Channel.

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So many new Enterprise & Entrepreneurship e-books!

We bought lots of new e-books on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship over the summer! Click HERE to see the full list of e-books available on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, including those on reading lists for enterprise courses and units.

All of our e-books are available to access via the library catalogue using the Search facility: click on a title with an e-book icon next to it > click on Access Online > scroll down and click on Read Online.

Alternatively, to browse the e-books we have on offer, follow: Libraries > E-Library > click on E-books under the relevant subject area.

For more information or to arrange training on how to access our e-books and our other online resources, please contact the library, we will be happy to help.

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Even more Careers and Enterprise e-books available!

  • How to find work when you’re over 50 by Jackie Sherman.
  • Readymade job search letters by Lynn Williams, 4th ed.
  • Working in the music industry by Anna Britten, 3rd ed.
  • Working for yourself by Jonathan Reuvid, 26th ed.
  • Enterprise planning and development by David Butler.

All of our e-books are available to access via the library catalogue using the Search facility: click on a title with an e-book icon next to it > click on Access Online > scroll down and click on Read Online.

Alternatively, to browse the e-books we have on offer, follow: Libraries > E-Library > click on E-books under the relevant subject area.

For more information or to arrange training on how to access our e-books and our other online resources, please contact the library, we will be happy to help.

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