Enterprising pupils from Harrogate Ladies’ College (HLC) were recently given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Yorkshire International Business Convention in Harrogate, thanks to the generosity of a parent.
Garry Cuthbert, Managing Director, Reef Business Systems, hosted seven pupils, and Director of HLC Business School, Mrs Judith Grazier at the event, which focuses on inspiring entrepreneurs and business people across the region through its programme of world class speakers.
They had the opportunity to hear inspirational speeches from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web, England Test Cricket Captain Andrew Strauss, adventurer Monty Hall and buy-to-let property investor Caroline Marsh who has appeared on C4’s ‘The Secret Millionaire’.
Mrs Grazier said: “Wide awareness of the demands of the economic world is essential for all our futures and by forging links between school and the ‘real’ business world, we offer our pupils a competitive advantage. The YIBC has inspired the girls to consider the possibility of starting their own businesses. “
One of the pupils who attended the YIBC said: “The highlight of my day was meeting Caroline Marsh. She made me realise I have to stay focused on what I want to do in life. Business is a risk and even