PRAISE has been given to a group of enterprising and business-savvy students as preparations for the inaugural Havant Small Business Awards gather pace.
South Downs College will be hosting the awards ceremony, organised by Havant MP Alan Mak and supported by The News, on Friday, April 29.
College principal Mike Gaston said the student-led enterprise society, Evolve, which will be welcoming guests and working at the event, was a prime example of self-motivated students helping each other grow.
Mr Gaston said: ‘I am delighted to see Evolve, our student-led enterprise group, doing so well following its recent relaunch.
‘It is a testament to the innovative spirit and great work ethic that young people can contribute to business.’
Evolve was recently awarded £1,000 by the National Association of Colleges and Universities Enterprise Societies following a relaunch. The society holds weekly meetings in term time, invites key speakers to inform students about their own experiences in starting out in business, and organises trips to businesses and careers events to gain inspiration.
The Havant Small Business Awards 2016 are designed to showcase and celebrate small business and recognise their vital contribution to the community and economy across Havant.
Publicly-nominated finalists will be competing for prizes across 12 categories, in addition to the prestigious overall award: Havant Small Business of the Year 2016.
Mr Gaston added: ‘Alan Mak’s Small Business Awards represent an excellent opportunity for our students to meet with leading local business figures and discuss their experiences as entrepreneurs.’
Mr Mak said: ‘I am delighted that South Downs’ enterprise society are backing the awards.
‘Small businesses are the backbone of our local and national economy and it is great to see college students as young as 16 displaying their nous for enterprise and zeal to help local community projects.’