Entrepreneurs praised for their social businesses

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YOUNG people with big ideas on how businesses can help others have been honoured for their work.

The students took part in the Social Startup programme run by the Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs while also studying for their degrees.

The programme enables young people to develop the confidence and business skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur and the vision, values and ethics needed to set up a social enterprise.

It ends with an awards ceremony, during which the 10 students who took part in the course were honoured for their work.

They were Abby Lamb, Alexandra Alli, Charleen Reilly, Diana Popescu, Hannah Plackett-Smith, Hayley Chipendembe, Irina Gheorghiu, Jordan Heatherwick, Kate Martin, Marla-Joy Wood, and Mohmina Atique.

Nina Kelly, business development manager for Community Action Hampshire, which is one of the organisations behind the scheme, said: ‘Social entrepreneurs see problems and do something about them.

‘They don’t just write letters, or complain or expect someone else to do something about it but they implement solutions themselves.

‘Generally they are solutions that actually work as often the entrepreneurs have first-hand experience of those problems themselves.’

The awards were held at the new Innovation Space in Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, built to help fledgling firms get started.

Businesses can get involved in the scheme and more information is at the-sse.org