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Project CompleteThe Enterprise Academy's 'Enterprise Oscars' took place on 25 January 2012. Over 700 pupils took part in the programme, working with 15 local businesses. The Enterprise Coaches assisted a total of 26 new business start ups and 66 existing businesses.WNF for this project ceased in March 2012, but NBV have secured European funding to deliver business start-up activity. Pre-start work will hopefully be undertaken by DNCC, subject to them securing ERDF.

Supporting Enterprise


About the project...

This project aimed to support new and future enterprise in the district by enabling two key elements of the LEO programme to continue in the area.


Enterprise Coaching
Two Enterprise Coaches operated within Shirebrook and South Normanton and worked with individuals across the south of the District, providing one-to-one support and guidance to cultivate interest in enterprise. The focus was on supporting each client in breaking through personal barriers (e.g. poor levels of confidence, esteem and self-efficacy) to help launch their business idea and to realise their potential.


Enterprise Academy
Enterprise Academy activities were delivered within five secondary schools across the District, and focused on improving the scope and delivery of enterprise as well as improving the treatment of enterprise skills across the entire school curriculum.  Specialist advisors provided targeted and focused mentoring with schools to further embed enterprise capability development within the curriculum and facilitate the ‘Enterprise Challenge’ programme which supported a competitive learning environment in which new business ventures were formed and progressed by students over the year. The programme culminated in; a trade fair final during National Enterprise Week in November; best practice events for teachers and enterprise coordinators; an on-line web-based resource for schools to enable information and best practice sharing; and the formation of new Enterprise Clubs – working with Enterprise Coaches and business mentors providing an arena in which students can further develop new enterprise skills.

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