March on! #PressforProgress – International Women’s Day will soon be with us!
How appropriate then that the female-led First Face to Face Board and team is finding its stride to help ambitious start-up businesses and the North East’s young people achieve their potential!
If We Can You Can – the region’s showcase for ambitious young businesses – celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and to demonstrate our commitment to them we’re delighted to have secured partnerships with leading businesses to offer a journey of connections, advice and discovery culminating in the grand final in November.
Nothing succeeds like success so we’ve enrolled the support of three entrepreneurial superstars to act as ambassadors for each category: Alice Hall, founder of Pink Boutique is our highest growth potential champion; Bethany Ainsley from Nouveau will lead on the business with the biggest social impact and Rob Mathieson, founder of ION will be looking out for a business to watch.
Other members of the FIRST team are busy making young people ready for the world of work, by involving school students in INDUSTRY SPARK with partners North Tyneside Learning Trust. We’ve had some fantastic real-world business challenges set by local firms. Don’t miss the live final on 28th March to learn more.
The team is also busy connecting young people to their dream jobs as part of a placement programme that also benefits small companies by introducing them to enthusiastic students who are both willing to learn and bring new ideas to the table. And that’s not all! The team is out and about delivering enterprise workshops in schools and passing on handy networking tips and practical advice with the Entrepreneurs’ Societies of Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria.
#PressforProgress and opportunity for all indeed! Happy International Women’s Day!