Robin Walker our local MP for Worcester started a debate in the House of Commons about encouraging more entrepreneurs and businesses to work with schools to inspire students to get involved in business.
Neil Westwood, Managing Director of Magic Whiteboard is passionate about getting more young people and schools involved in business. Regular talks and Skype business talks are held with primary, secondary schools, academies and colleges to inspire people.
Mr Robin Walker (Worcester) (Con): I am grateful to my hon. Friend for securing this important debate. On youth enterprise, does she agree that schemes such as Young Enterprise have inspired many students over the years? However, it is vital to get entrepreneurs into schools. The entrepreneur Neil Westwood, who founded Magic Whiteboard and got funding from “Dragons’ Den”, goes into local schools in Worcester to give talks and inspire young people about what they can achieve by setting out on their own. Does she agree that that is a good model for others to consider?
Chloe Smith: I certainly do. It is incredibly important to have good role models available for young people. After all, by 2018 there will be more entrepreneurs in our labour market than public sector workers. Self-employment, entrepreneurship and micro-business are an exciting tectonic shift in our economy, and I am confident, from what I have seen with my own eyes, that young people will be at its heart.