Teenagers mean business in club

A NEW business and enterprise network for teenagers in Sheffield is helping to shape and support the next generation of businessmen and women.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, Sheffield’s BiG Young Entrepreneurs Club runs like an after-school club and is designed for teenagers aged 14 to 19 with an interest in business and enterprise.

With support from the council, schools, colleges, academies and businesses, and part-funded by Europe, the BiGYEC meets fortnightly at Electric Works, near Sheffield railway station.

Young people can hear from local business professionals and join like-minded young people.

Members have already made an impact since the pilot launch early this year. Rebecca Jackson, aged 15, winner of the 2010/2011 BiG Challenge, said: “We’ve had guest speakers on topics like how to give presentations, marketing and branding, etc.

“The BiGYEC is a bit like a family, there’s a great atmosphere that’s friendly, sociable, and informal – you get to know everyone and make some great friends.”

Joe Panasiuk, a winner of Sheffield Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, said: “I know I can ask questions and get answers from people who have been in the same position.

“It’s a brilliant platform for networking and I can relate to everyone around me.”

A new website – www.bigyec.co.uk – has been launched and the club can be contacted on 0845 111 4122.