Founding partners of Young Start-up Talent, Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner along with judge and sponsor Dan Simpson – Partner at Hartley Fowler Accountancy firm visited students at City College last week to inspire and encourage a ‘can-do’ attitude towards business. The hope is that some will take part in the project and benefit from the opportunity that the entrepreneurial initiative beings to 16-25 year olds who live in the Brighton & Hove area. The initiative carries a prize fund of £50,000 worth of business products and services and donated by 25 local businesses.

Tina Porter from the Commercial and Enterprise Department of City College commented: ‘Once again the Young Talent Start-up team brought an engaging bag of tricks to kick start what will be the most enterprising competition so far. This year the potentials were ready to have their ideas challenged and their potential developed. We’ve already been inundated by inspired students and look forward to working with Lorraine and Matt to help the students take the first steps in their exciting enterprise journey. We have a host of initiatives and workshops lined up to support the entrants and these along with diary insights will be posted on the City College Brighton and Hove Enterprise Facebook page over the coming weeks.

'Young Start-up' at City College‘Young Start-up’ at City College

‘We were impressed by the students at the College and their innovate ideas that were mentioned with some already being developed into businesses. We are pleased to be working with the students of the College who we hope will benefit from this huge opportunity. I would like to remind students that the cut-off date for entries is 14th February 2014’ added Lorraine.

It was announced during the workshop that the College will be further inspiring their students by having an additional fund of £20,000 available to invest in the businesses of the students of City College who would like to set up their own businesses.

‘I was very impressed with City College and its refreshing attitude at encouraging and inspiring students to set up in business’ commented Dan Simpson of Hartley Fowler.
‘It’s not all about the winner’ stressed Lorraine ‘but also about stepping out of your comfort zone. Just by taking part students could end up with work experience with one of our sponsors or judges. In the past, some have been taken on as full time employees – I can’t stress enough how important this opportunity is’.

Young Start-up Talent has been running successfully in the Gatwick Diamond area for the past four years with a string of success stories and is now running in both East and West Kent with the aim to roll out on a national level going forward. The initiative is open to all 16-25 year olds in the Brighton & Hove area. To find out more about how you could benefit from this opportunity please visit

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About City College Brighton and Hove: Situated in the heart of Brighton and graded ‘Outstanding’ in key areas by Ofsted in its June 2011 report, City College Brighton and Hove is an international centre of vocational excellence and one of the top performing Further Education Colleges in the country. Every year, 2,000 full-time, 7,000 part time, 400 Higher Education and 400 14-16 year old students as well as many international and European students choose City College as their place of further and higher education training. In addition, the College provides training to over 2,000 businesses via its ‘City Business Skills’ department which focuses on employer training needs. Offering over 700 courses from basic level right through to business and postgraduate training, City College is working with its partners to develop the workforce of the future.


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