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Enterprise Week has so much on agenda

PUBLISHED: 15:45 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 05 July 2010

HOPES are high that Lowestoft will remain the most active area in the eastern region as Enterprise Week prepares to go global.

Last year the beacon of enterprise shone brightly in the town, as more than 100 events took place, inspiring young people to unleash their ideas through a host of activities on some of society's biggest issues.

HOPES are high that Lowestoft will remain the most active area in the eastern region as Enterprise Week prepares to go global.

Last year the beacon of enterprise shone brightly in the town, as more than 100 events took place, inspiring young people to unleash their ideas through a host of activities on some of society's biggest issues.

But this year the stakes are higher as Enterprise Week, running from November 17 and 23, becomes part of the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Week, which will run in at least 75 countries.

Many events are already in the pipeline and it will be kicked off on a national level by former Hollyoaks stars Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries, better known as Max and OB.

They will unveil the UK's biggest live and simultaneous enterprise challenge for schools and colleges online on the Monday morning.

Exact details remain top secret until the day, but it will be a chance for young people to show they can provide enterprising solutions to the issues mattering to them most.

Matt said: “Young people need to realise that they really can make a difference to the issues that matter most and that sometimes the smallest of ideas can change the world.

“The Make Your Mark challenge is all about working in teams to unleash creativity and provide solutions - important skills for future generations to learn if they are to help the UK compete on a global scale. We hope that this year's competition will inspire a new set of entrepreneurs to become worldwide change-makers.”

Last year's Enterprise Week was the biggest to date with nearly 2,000 organisations running over 5,000 events.

Many events are already in the pipeline for Lowestoft, with the launch taking place at Denes High School.

The next day a female networking lunch with cocktails will take place, while students will be encouraged during the afternoon to make their mark in the marketplace with stalls in the Britten Centre.

On the Wednesday, it's Women's Enterprise Day, and there will be a Big Ideas conference in Great Yarmouth and a Talent Den, where entrepreneurs will work with local male students.

Thursday is Social Enterprise Day, and sixth form speed-networking female students will have lunch with local business women. This also coincides with the Waveney Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and a further business lunch.

Energising Enterprise is being hosted by Waveney MP Bob Blizzard on Friday, November 21, at OrbisEnergy centre.

The event will provide information on career opportunities within the maritime and energy sectors and will invite students, teachers, training providers and business people.

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