Sandra Robb, Economic Development and Cultural Enterprise Co-ordinator, Fife Council; John Elliott, Curriculum Manager, Fife College; Iain Hawker, Assistant Principal, Fife College; Douglas McMillan, Director of Creative Industries, Fife College; Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee, Fife Council.

Fife College students, keen to learn more about enterprise and setting up their own business, gained a wealth of information thanks to an exciting day of enterprise held at the Rothes Halls.

Over 140 people attended the Building Success in Business enterprise event, organised by Fife College in partnership with Fife Council Economic Development, which included presentations from a range of inspirational business speakers.

The informative fun day was a huge hit with students, guests and the general public who attended between 10am and 4pm.

All guests were welcomed to the event by Dee Bleakley, Keynote Speaker and Mindset Coach; Douglas McMillan, Director of Creative Industries at Fife College and Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee.

Speakers during the day included: Fynn Elkington from Fosho Video; Alana Peden from Eastnook Studios; Chris Hughes from Estendio and Frazer Reid from FAR Cabinet Makers; and Ann Robb from Google Digital Garage.

All of the speakers had valuable information and advice to share with the students on the day with a focus on the creative industries. Information relating to employability, building clientele, networking, funding, digital skills, starting up a business and much more was shared at the presentations. Later on in the day, students also got the opportunity to ask the speakers questions during the Q & A Panel session.      

John Elliott, Curriculum Manager for Administration, Enterprise and Information Technology at Fife College, was delighted with the success of the day and said:

“What an amazing event – the speakers were all fantastic and gave a true insight into the world of business and the stallholders really added to the event showcasing their own creative business products that they produce from furniture and jewellery to glassware and gifts.

“The event was mainly aimed at our creative students as many choose to start their own business on completion of their course however all of the advice shared throughout the day would be useful to all young entrepreneurs.

The event is part of a partnership between Fife College and Fife Council’s Economic Development team to provide clear development opportunities allowing young people to progress through their education journey from school to further education and in to the world of work and business.

Added John: “Developing enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking helps students to gain the skills employers want as well as confidence to start their own business. I would like to thank Fife Council for collaborating with us to make this event happen and look forward to similar events happening in the near future.”

Current student, Susan Findlay from Glenrothes, is studying HND Furniture and found the event very useful. Said Susan: “I decided to take a stand at the event, along with fellow students and lecturers, to showcase our work and was keen to also find out more from the speakers and other stallholders. It was really useful and has given me food for thought as I progress my own business in bespoke furniture.”

Susan aims to stay at Fife College next year to study fabrication and welding to add to her skills before progressing her business ideas.

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