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Students show their enterprise

PUBLISHED: 13:15 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 05 July 2010

MORE than 50 events have taken place in Lowestoft alone this week, as students, businesses and individuals embraced the world of enterprise.

Across the eastern region it was anticipated that thousands of people got involved in hundreds of activities during Enterprise Week, with the campaign mastermind from inside the Riverside Centre in the town.

MORE than 50 events have taken place in Lowestoft alone this week, as students, businesses and individuals embraced the world of enterprise.

Across the eastern region it was anticipated that thousands of people got involved in hundreds of activities during Enterprise Week, with the campaign mastermind from inside the Riverside Centre in the town.

The Make Your Mark Campaign, which runs Enterprise Week, is led by director Hazel Johnson and manager Beccie Simpson and is one of four hubs throughout the whole of the UK.

And this year for the first time more than 70 other countries have been getting involved in activities as Global Entrepreneurship Week was also unleashed.

The week kicked off with the unveiling of the Make Your Mark Challenge, the largest simultaneous competition in the country, which was to create an entrepreneurial idea inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic values.

Students had to come up with a product to sell, a service to provide or perhaps a space or a place, which makes money.

Submitted entries from students at Benjamin Britten High School included Olympidex, a hand held information device, giving out details of venues, links to cameras around various venues, athletes information and maps.

There was also a celebrity television show suggested, Olympikd - sports centres doing events to encourage children into sport and organised tours behind the scenes of Wembley Stadium.

At Denes, three groups of students came up with ideas. One group decided to form a business to make belts and headbands at a budget price, while another wanted to plan a huge event at Wembley Stadium, inviting the Olympic team, groups, bands and cookery stands.

The final and winning team decided to arrange a wheelchair friendly paintball venue, accessible for all.

They researched and found that there were only five wheelchair accessible paintballing venues in the whole world, with none in the UK. Costs for the equipment were looked at and a way that wheelchair users could still play paintball with one hand, so they could use electric wheelchair buttons with the other.

Kirkley High School students also came up with some equally interesting ideas. The KITE media team submitted their idea of Planet Olympia, the restaurant of the future.

The idea was based around multi cultures and equality, with five continents under one roof with themed food and style reflecting each continent. The students also worked on developing a recipe book.

In addition a number of sixth form English students put together a social networking website based around values.

Aside from the challenge lots of other activities have been taking place through the Waveney area this week.

A technology fair was held at Denes High School, on Tuesday, as well as Women on Top - a business lunch for students to meet entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday a big ideas day took place at Great Yarmouth race track featuring workshops for groups of students developing campaigns against binge drinking and a security device preventing mobile phone theft. Sophie Jackson, owner of the online History Magazine also gave a talk in Kirkley High School's vocational centre.

A lunch, inspiring boys into becoming entrepreneurs took place at Greenfields Café and Wine Bar, in Surrey Street, with Richard Lock from Ellough Raceways and Nick Funnell of Funnells Caterers present.

Over at the Britten Centre, young entrepreneurs were selling their homemade wares.

Elli Whitaker, 16, from Denes High School was displaying Havilah Gems, her own jewellery company she has been working on for around three years.

Lorien Fox, 16, also from Denes High School was selling her own cards, while Jade O'Dwyer, 14, was one of three students selling candles, cards and photos.

Pupils from the Ashley School sold plants, bird boxes and Christmas cards, while pupils from Sir John Leman High School, in Beccles, sold personalised mugs, amongst other items.

Yesterday students took part in a Ladybird Lunch at the Carlton Manor, giving them a chance to network with business people and during the afternoon business study students throughout Lowestoft were able to face their fears, find out about the environment and setting up a business with a mini monster talk and display.

Many other activities have taken place during the week at all three high schools and at various businesses in the area.

Today Journal editor Russell Cook and senior reporter Louisa Kennard will be giving out advice and hints about working in the world of newspapers during a Hold The Press Day at the OrbisEnergy centre.

And this afternoon Waveney MP Bob Blizzard hosts an Energising Enterprise conference at the centre to show young people the opportunities available for them in future careers in this area.

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