South Essex College students get aboard the business bus

A CLASS of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students from South Essex College visited the Natwest business bus today to learn more about starting their own businesses.

Situated outside the new Thurrock Campus in Grays town centre, the group of students took part in a basic business workshop on board the bus. This included a question and answer session where they were able to ask personalised questions in relation to their own micro-business, which they are required to set up and trade with throughout the year.

Natwest staff advised the learners about the difference between business and personal bank accounts; they also offered help with business planning and applying for finance.

Claire Whybrow, Natwest business adviser, said: “We continue to support the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students with their business ambitions and advise them through the first steps of creating their own company.”

Natwest work closely with the Peter Jones Academy students and will link up again for National Enterprise Week, 17-21 November 2014.

During the week, their credit card centre in Southend will house a series of pop-up shops run by the students. Students on the course will have the opportunity to trial products or services within a realistic retail environment attended by the centre’s 3,000 staff; all profits will be donated to a charitable cause.

Steve Newman, Peter Jones Academy course leader, said: “These real business links are so important for students on this course as it enables them to network and deal with real organisations in a professional environment which further develops their employability skills. Natwest have been a great support to our students and their input is greatly received by our aspiring entrepreneurs.”

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