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National entrepreneurship event to be held at Glyndŵr University

24 May 2011

Award-winning entrepreneurship champions at Glyndŵr University are leading the way in fostering an enterprising spirit to help new graduates take advantage of the opportunities offered by a stagnant graduate employment market.

The university’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) which was nationally commended for its work during Global Entrepreneurship Week, has worked with more than 2000 students since the start of the year, providing direct one-to-one support to 55 students interested in starting their own business.

On Wednesday 1 - Thursday 2 June the Centre hosts a national event to discuss ways in which teaching in the UK’s schools and universities can be adapted to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs.

The Inspiring Enterprise Conference will bring together professionals from across the UK to help develop enterprising approaches to teaching.

The conference will hear from guest speakers including Professor Allan Gibb OBE, one of the leading authorities on entrepreneurship education in the UK, and Professor David Rae, Director for Enterprise and Innovation at Lincoln University.

Mary Bradley, Head of the Centre said: “The centre is recognised across Wales as a leader in enterprise education. Hosting Inspiring Enterprise helps re-enforce that position, placing Glyndŵr University at the forefront of enterprise education.

“Entrepreneurial graduates have a huge role to play in the world economy and part of our role as a university should be to help instil some of the key skills and spirit needed to run a successful enterprise among all our students no matter their future direction.

“There will always be ways we can improve this work and how we can communicate these messages to our students and this is what the conference is all about – bringing practitioners together to share ideas about enterprise education.”

Graduate unemployment recently hit a 15-year high and with fewer jobs around for graduates, students are beginning to exploit their skills by creating work and opportunities for themselves through business start-ups and enterprising initiatives.

Inspiring Enterprise takes place from Wednesday 1 to Thursday 2 June at the Catrin Finch Conference Centre on Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus.

The event is free for EEUK Members and £90 for Non EEUK Members. It’s also free for students – contact Matthew: m.draycott@glyndwr.ac.uk to arrange.

Prices cover two days' attendance, dinner and all refreshments. To book your place, click here or email kate@enterprise.ac.uk.

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