Meet the Enterprise Champion Team

Meet the Enterprise Champion team

•	Mike Garnock-Jones – Strategy, Skills and Enterprise Manager

Mike has worked in the 14-19 phase throughout his career. Originally as a qualified social worker working with adolescents with mental health problems, and then as a qualified teacher and education manager.

With significant project management experience, implementing city wide education initiatives with schools and colleges, he has led on key enterprise education projects for the last 10 years. Initially with early Enterprise Pathfinders, then as Project Director of award winning Rotherham Ready and from the inception of the Sheffield Enterprise Pipeline.

•	Karen Wood - School Enterprise Champion 

Karen has supported enterprise and business start-up for the past 15 years - as Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Manager at the University of Bedfordshire then as senior manager at Sheffield Technology Parks. She was also previously a Women’s Ambassador for Enterprise and is now one of fifty UK Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors across the UK. 

Additionally, Karen works across the age ranges as a self-employed Business Advisor delivering start-up advice for Higher Education. Karen is the main HE link between the SECs and both Sheffield Universities. 


•	Pete Eason - School Enterprise Champion 

With more than 30 years’ experience working in the private sector Pete has been involved as a co-founder of several successful business start-ups. 

In his past role as Production School Manager for Sheffield City Council, Pete developed many courses for combined groups of 14-19 year old disengaged, excluded & NEETs children. This formed part of the Vocational Skills Programme delivering qualifications in a range of enterprise and creative & media subjects.
 
For more information contact: 

Mike Garnock-Jones 	mike.garnock-jones@sheffield.gov.uk 
Karen Wood 			karen.wood1@sheffield.gov.uk 
Pete Eason 			pete.eason@btopenworld.com

School Enterprise Champions, 14-19 Team, Lifelong Learning, Skills & Communities, Sheffield City Council, Crookesmoor Road, Sheffield S6 3FP

In Sheffield we have a team of Enterprise Champions who support the schools, academies and colleges across the city in developing enterprise education.

 Mike Garnock-Jones – Strategy, Skills and Enterprise Manager (centre)

Mike has worked in the 14-19 phase throughout his career. Originally as a qualified social worker working with adolescents with mental health problems, and then as a qualified teacher and education manager.

With significant project management experience, implementing city wide education initiatives with schools and colleges, he has led on key enterprise education projects for the last 10 years. Initially with early Enterprise Pathfinders, then as Project Director of award winning Rotherham Ready and from the inception of the Sheffield Enterprise Pipeline.

Karen Wood – School Enterprise Champion (left)

Karen has supported enterprise and business start-up for the past 15 years – as Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Manager at the University of Bedfordshire then as senior manager at Sheffield Technology Parks. She was also previously a Women’s Ambassador for Enterprise and is now one of fifty UK Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors across the UK.

Additionally, Karen works across the age ranges as a self-employed Business Advisor delivering start-up advice for Higher Education. Karen is the main HE link between the SECs and both Sheffield Universities.

Pete Eason – School Enterprise Champion (right)

With more than 30 years’ experience working in the private sector Pete has been involved as a co-founder of several successful business start-ups.

In his past role as Production School Manager for Sheffield City Council, Pete developed many courses for combined groups of 14-19 year old disengaged, excluded & NEETs children. This formed part of the Vocational Skills Programme delivering qualifications in a range of enterprise and creative & media subjects.

For more information contact:

Mike Garnock-Jones  mike.garnock-jones@sheffield.gov.uk

Karen Wood  karen.wood1@sheffield.gov.uk

Pete Eason  pete.eason@btopenworld.com

School Enterprise Champions, 14-19 Team, Lifelong Learning, Skills & Communities, Sheffield City Council, Crookesmoor Road, Sheffield S6 3FP

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BiG Challenge 2014 Gets Off to a Flying Start

Harvey Morton, IT Support, winner of the Flying Start Awards 2014 with David Grey MBE (left) and sponsor Kevin Elliott of Yorkshire Bank

Harvey Morton of company IT Support from Meadowhead School is this year’s winner of the BiG Challenge Flying Start Awards for best start-up activity, sponsored by Yorkshire Bank.

Pictured above Harvey Morton receiving his prize from David Grey MBE, (left) Chair of the BiG Challenge, and Kevin Elliott of Yorkshire Bank (right).

Turning ideas into real products and making the products into a marketable commodity was a challenge our teams seemed to achieve with ease.

Congratulations to our winner including Runners Up:

Aroma Blossom, Tapton School

Easy Bin, Meadowhead Schoool

COGS, High Storrs School

Cams Jams and Hollipops, Sheffield Springs Academy

Fun Doh, High Storrs School

Bonbon Brandon, The Sheffield College

For a round up of news from the BiG Challenge download the latest newsletter:

BiG-News-December-2013

Launch of BiG Challenge 2014

BiG Launch

Around 80 students from schools and colleges across Sheffield, including Forge Valley, Bradfield, Stocksbridge, Chaucer, Tapton, Meadowhead and Sheffield College, attended the launch of this year’s BiG Challenge – the city-wide enterprise competition for young people aged 11-19 to win an all-expenses-paid, international trip.

Previous winners came to share their experience from Longley Park, and Ecclesfield.

The event was hosted by one of the key partners in the ‘Sheffield Enterprise Pipeline’, the University of Sheffield. Students were invited to take part in fun and informative workshops that helped them to come up with bright business ideas to take forward in this year’s competition.

The workshops were led and facilitated by interns from Sheffield Hallam University and members of the enterprise team from the University of Sheffield.

The topic of the sessions were:

  • Communication – for effective team roles and how to work together successfully
  • Creativity – comingup with a business idea and how to take it forward

David Grey MBE and Chair of the BiG Challenge Steering Group gave a call to arms for this year’s Challenge: “Last year the BiG trip winners went to Moscow, this year the trip to the next BiG destination could be won by you, so stay focused and work hard to make your business a success.” He added, “You have a special opportunity to be mentored by people who give you their knowledge, experience and their wealth of skills.”

Cllr. Jackie Drayton representing another lead partner, Sheffield Council, also spoke of the need to, “Believe in yourselves and make the most of this fantastic competition for developing your business and taking it forward.”

Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Director of Enterprise Education and Women in Engineering, said how delighted the University of Sheffield was to be involved with the BiG Challenge, now in its seventh year.

Students from across Sheffield are busy entering teams via the website at: www.bigchallenge.biz

There are already over 60 teams entered. Most schools and colleges are running ‘Dragon’s Den’ type competitions to shortlist which teams should enter so the 60 teams represent the tip of the iceberg.

Teams that are shortlisted receive a £25 investment which they have to return with £5 interest, but the profit they keep for themselves. Last year’s winning teams made an average of 881% return on their £25 investment. Let’s see what this year’s teams can do.

For information on last year’s competition, see the Awards newsletter.

For information on this year’s competition, see the launch video.