A MAJOR new venture has been launched on Wirral to inspire and support the next generation of young entrepreneurs.
As the region begins to count the cost of the coronavirus pandemic, with thousands of jobs already lost and yet more predicted to come, young people are being given a chance to create their own livelihoods – by becoming their own business owner.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy concept, to be piloted on Wirral, is the brainchild of Sandra Kirkham, an entrepreneur whose vision for a robust economy has always focused on unity in local communities, with business leaders using their expertise to set young talent on the road to employment.
She has teamed up with two other well-renowned business leaders, Paula Basnett, CEO at Wirral Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Jonathan Quinn, Managing Director at Quinnovations.
All three entrepreneurs are passionate about making a difference and are giving their time freely to seeing this project succeeds.
Sandra said: “Parts of Wirral, Birkenhead in particular, have a disproportionate number of disadvantaged young people who have always faced barriers to employment. The jobs situation is bad and sadly could get worse.
“The talent, skills and new ideas are out there – all it needs is to be noticed and for those who want to carve a career for themselves by running their own business to have the right people behind them to turn a dream into reality.
“It’s a case of capturing the vision then, with guidance, putting it into place.”