Mosaic arranged for budding business leaders, philanthropists and entreprenuers from Manchester Islamic High School for Girls to attend ‘A Manchester Evening with Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Business Secretary’. The event was kindly hosted at the KPMG Manchester offices with the kind and generous support of office senior partner Jonathan Holt and former chairman of Mosaic North West Regional Leadership Group and KPMG partner, Siddiq Musa. The event was part of Mosaic’s involvement as educational partner with The Patchwork Foundation; a politically neutral organisation that aims to promote and encourage the positive integration of deprived and minority communities into British political society.
The event brought together over 100 business leaders and professionals from across the UK covering a range of business sectors from property and textiles to finance and food importing and exporting. Mosaic board members, associates and other supporters were present at the event. On his arrival Chuka was interviewed by Shelina Begum, Manchester Evening News business reporter and a member of the Mosaic North West Regional Leadership Group.
Alex Orlandini from Parrs Wood High School was the first person to ask a question of the Shadow Business Secretary and asked, ‘what one piece of advice would you give to a young person who wants to set up their own business?’ She was followed by Misbah Hamid from the Manchester Islamic High School for Girls who asked ‘what are the key challenges you think businesses are facing today and what would you do to solve them if you become the next Business Secretary?’ Chuka Umunna MP remarked how hugely impressed he was with the questions.
As well as meeting the Shadow Business Secretary, students were also able to meet Afzal Khan MEP for the North West and businesswoman and entrepreneur Shazia Saleem, who earlier this year was a guest speaker at the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Grand Finals.
On the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said: “The Mosaic Enterprise Challenge competition, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, plays a crucial role in encouraging and inspiring young people to set up their own businesses, helping them gain confidence to make their ideas a reality and get an understanding of business. We want to see more people starting up, leading and working in business – encouraging the businesses and entrepreneurs of tomorrow is a key part of this.”
Mosaic’s Managing Director, and member of the National Advisory Board for Patchwork, Jonathan Freeman added:
“For many of the young people we support, setting up their own business provides a real opportunity to realise their talents. We were therefore delighted to be able to have this opportunity for these young people to be able to hear direct from two inspiring role models from the world of business and politics.