Young students from Manchester Academy were visited by businesswoman Dr Nighat Awan OBE yesterday as part of events run by Mosaic to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The young people at Manchester Academy met the influential business figure, who told her story of how she has become one of the country’s leading businesswomen heading up a huge conglomerate.
Dr Awan is CEO of Manchester’s most recognisable Asian food business, the Shere Khan Group. From a modest start printing T-shirts, she has had a trail-blazing business career and was awarded an OBE in 2004 for her services to export and charity.
The 31 twelve- and thirteen-year-olds from year 8 were fascinated by her story and especially her local roots – Dr Awan grew up in Manchester. She explained she puts her success down to hard work and the support of her family.
Dr Awan said: “It is always a pleasure to share my story with young people in the hope that they will be inspired and some of them will consider running their own businesses. They were very engaging and asked some good, probing questions. I am sure there are some promising social entrepreneurs amongst them and I look forward to hearing about their successful businesses in years to come.”
The Manchester Academy is an 11 to 18 year school and a member of the United Learning Trust. Pupils from the school will soon be taking part in this year’s Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge – our national competition which aims to inspire knowledge and enthusiasm about business amongst young people.
Now in its fifth year, the competition sees teams of school children from across the UK compete in an online business contest where they develop, market and sell a new product. The school pupils, aged 11-16, are supported by Mosaic business mentors to learn key components of business such as finance, sales, marketing and production.
This week saw the official launch of the 2012-13 Enterprise Challenge. Find out how you can get involved.