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economic regeneration and transport

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Bright ideas from budding entrepreneurs As Stockton News went to print enterprising youngsters from across Stockton Borough were putting their talents to good use as part of Global Enterprise Week. Each November Global Enterprise Week is celebrated across the world and aims to expose people of all ages to the world of enterprise and entrepreneurship. Across Stockton Borough both primary and secondary school pupils had the opportunity to take part in a range of events and challenges organised by Stockton Council. Bright Idea Challenges saw young people work together in small teams to come up with business ideas, design and make products to sell, buy and budget for necessary basics and pitch ideas to others to get their business off to a start.

These challenges offered youngsters the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills and experience running a business. Four finalists will go forward to work on their ideas alongside a local company. Budding entrepreneurs from on-going secondary school enterprise projects also met at Stockton’s Riverside College during Global Enterprise Week to showcase their products. From fabulous cup cakes to handmade jewellery the sessions allowed the youngsters, who have previously sold their wares in school and on market stalls in Stockton, to learn from each other. They also got the chance to listen to a range of inspirational entrepreneurial speakers.

Among the ideas – cupcake selling

A successful and expanding financial services business is making its new home in Stockton Borough. Active Financial Services, who have been advising clients from their base in Guisborough for 26 years have moved their long standing business to Dukes Court, Thornaby to allow it to further expand and grow. The business is run by father and son Glyn and Karl Pemberton and Paul Gibson.

Active Financial Services Directors outiside their new office. PAGE 14

Many of these young people will further develop a range of innovative yet marketable items to sell on day one of this year’s Stockton Sparkles Christmas Market. The ‘Made in Stockton’ school market on 6 December will see local business mentors judge the fledging businesses in a range of competition categories.

During Global Enterprise Week Stockton Council also held a special event to help schools and local businesses work more closely together to promote enterprise. ‘It’s Your Business’ brought representatives from both industry and education together to learn how they can support each other, inspire and educate young people about future business opportunities and help schools and colleges prepare young people for enterprise and the world of work.

There’s something in the air

Richard Poundford, Stockton Council’s Head of Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Confirmation that Air Products are to go ahead with this development is tremendous news for Stockton Borough and the Tees Valley.

Entrepreneurial youngsters sell produce on one of Stockton’s markets.

Active brings growth to Stockton

Director Karl Pemberton said: “We have really taken our expansion and move into Stockton Borough seriously. Moving to Thornaby and into larger premises has not

only allowed the expansion of the company to continue, but it has also provided a chance to create bespoke premises perfectly suited to both employees and clients alike.” Richard Poundford, Stockton Council’s Head of Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Stockton Borough is a great place to do business and I’m delighted that an enterprising and growing company such as Active Financial Services has made their new home in Thornaby. This is another great example of businesses flourishing in Stockton-on-Tees.” For more information about Active visit www.activefinancialservices.co.uk or telephone (01642) 765957

Stockton Council’s Enterprise Co-ordinator, Alison Machin, at “It’s Your Business”

Work is starting on a green power plant in the Borough which will create 50 jobs and employ up to 700 people during construction. US energy company Air Products has confirmed a facility to convert household and industrial waste into energy which will be built on the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham. It will be the first of its kind in the UK, and the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. Stockton Council and Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) worked with the company to secure the investment. The plant is expected to open in 2014.

Stockton Borough school children take their entrepreneurial skills to Stockton Sparkles

Entrepreneurial spirit also found itself in the wider community as Stockton Council held informal idea brainstorming sessions at Billingham Community Café to help local people explore opportunities for self employment. If you would like to find out more about enterprise in Stockton telephone Alison Machin, Stockton Council’s Enterprise Coordinator on (01642) 527573.

“Not only will it bring employment, it will also further reinforce this area’s fastgrowing reputation as a leader in green energy industries. “The Council has worked closely with Air Products to give the company every assistance in developing this scheme, in the face of competition with other sites across Europe and the USA. It will return a former industrial site to productive use and provide a further boost to the opportunities for the area’s skilled workforce.” At the end of October Air Products also announced the start of a consultation into the possibility of a second plant.

An Air Products employee works on an existing plant PAGE 15

Stockton News - Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 edition of Stockton News

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