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Firebird:Youths help Young Entrepreneurs launch their business

Alison Mannell of Firebird Training Limited in Tunbridge Wells re-launched her Job & Young Entrepreneur Coaching business in January with the help of Ed Craddock & Will Beeching, two 18 year old entrepreneus running a full service creative agency.

Flowbox Ed Will Alison portraitAlison commented “Ed & Will of Flowbox Design in Maidstone needed someone who knew how to handle young entrepreneurs, who understood the business world and who also had the drive and enthusiasm they needed to kick start their business.

I needed a complete overhaul of my current youth website.

A friend of mine just happened to be Will’s Mum and after having a chat with Ed & Will I knew it was a match made in heaven.

Business mentoring in exchange for a new website designed by the very people I help!”

Ed said “For the first week or so, we were talking and discussing things multiple times a day.

It became a wakeup call to us that we really needed to be on the ball as this was a big project, a great opportunity and that we were working with someone who was not going to be messed around.”

Will added “We started developing Alison’s new website with a completely new design, which she loved straight off the bat.

Two months down the line and the new Firebird:Youths website has been launched.

We had really pulled through for our client and it gave us an incredible boost to get the project done exactly how Alison wanted it.”

Ed continues “In our meetings with Alison we discuss our own business now. This is where, we feel, she really stands out from other mentors.

She is determined to keep us on track, to set realistic goals and to have us think about things we hadn’t thought about.

She shows an excellent understanding of how to communicate with us, two teenage entrepreneurs.”

Flowbox Design Ed, Will and AlisonWill is excited to say “We now have goals to accomplish within a given time frame. Our next major goal is our official launch of our new offices on Monday 18th February, between 3pm and 7pm.

We are inviting local businesses to come and meet us at Units 21-25 Tovil Hill
Maidstone, Kent, ME156QS where we are offering visitors a free review of their marketing materials, and a 50% off voucher for our social media course.

Come and join us to say hello over a glass of bubbly.”

“I am really excited and proud of what Ed and Will have achieved in such a short time.

They have worked really hard to get their office set up, business off the ground and have already worked on some amazing projects.” Alison commented.

Paul Barron, Director of Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs, commented “Flowbox Design gave us creative solutions to our print design problems and gave us a unique personal service.

I met Ed and Will at the Kent Foundation offices last December.

Full of flair, enthusiasm and commitment they offered great advice and excellent products.

They have some great ideas and a loan from Start Up UK.

We initially offered them a couple of small contracts and their response was extremely creative and exciting!

I invited them to the KEiBA Launch in January, a great opportunity for young business people to begin their networking and generate new contacts.

We are now in regular contact. I would highly recommend them for their fresh approach and insight into print design.

We are delighted they found us.”

Flowbox Ed and Will at desksWill said “Paul has given us the opportunity of producing leaflets and invitations for The Kent Foundation ABlast event being held at Oakwood House in Maidstone on Tuesday 29th January.

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Foundation and grateful for the support they have given us.

Ed & Will workingEd continues “It has also been an incredible experience working with Alison. She has evolved our business and the way we handle clients in the best way possible.

She has been able to help us out in so many ways and encouraged us to do things on our own and not have to rely on her to do things for us.

We are beginning to grasp the business world and feel like we’re ready to conquer it!

Of course we will be keeping Alison as our mentor, and I hope she will be keeping Flowbox as her designers!”

Alison respondsEd and Will are extremely talented individuals.

They have embraced my website project and gone the extra mile to achieve what I believe is now a more useful resource for young people, their parents, educational establishments and businesses.

I will continue to employ them as my designers and am more than happy to be their business mentor.

I highly recommend their design services.”

To view some of Ed & Will’s work visit Firebird:Youths completely re-designed website at Firebird:Youths or view their ever expanding portfolio at Flowbox Design

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14 year olds view on work experience

George is 14 and goes to Darrick Wood School in Orpington. He has already chosen geography, ICT, Business Studies and French for his GCSE options. He cwants to move into accounting or something related when he leaves school.

Here are George’s comments on work experience.

“I am doing work experience with my school next year, opposed to this year. For work experience next year, I’d like to work somewhere that provides placements in accounting as it is what I’d like to do, and I feel it would be benefit my later searching’s of work and jobs when I leave school.

When finding my placement, I intend on emailing and sending letters to various companies and employers to find out way in advance, if there would be any chance of them offering me a placement with them. I also think that at school there is either an officer, or advisor who helps locate pupils to their chosen placement on account of their interests and subject choices.

I currently have not got a CV prepared for work experience or future work as of yet, but intend to put one together when the time comes around. As I’ve never had to create a CV before, I would probably go to my sister or mum, as they have both had experience in creating CV’s- my mum working in an HR company and my sister just having applied for university and Saturday jobs.

To sell myself well when writing a CV I would list all my positive qualities such as being enthusiastic, hard-working, a quick learner, a good listener and a team player. I would list my hobbies and interests such as karate, riding my bike and being (a bit) of a film buff. I would also list my educational qualities such as the schools I have been to, the subjects I have studied with my achievements within them as well as my grades reived in them.”

Lily is 14, goes to Blackfen School for girls. These are Lily’s comments on work experience.

“At this moment in time I do not know when I will be doing work experience; myself and fellow students haven’t heard anything about it, but I know that the year above me are doing it in year 11 which is just after September, so I will most probably be doing it next year.

What sort of work placement do I want? Well I’m not 100% sure but I would have to try and get something I enjoy or I wouldn’t work well, I would lose concentration very easily. I’d like to get something to do with maybe media or photography, because I have done office work, just as a little summer job before, and I got distracted quickly!

I hope maybe to ask a family member to help me out getting work experience with them, or a friend so I could secure a placement with them. Currently I haven’t got my own CV because I don’t know how to do them myself, so I will work on one when I need it.

I have no idea how to create my own CV, so I would most probably ask for help on this, so whoever is knowledgeable at it can help me and guide me through it.

I think if CV’s didn’t exist then selling myself to an employer would be easier, because you can talk to the person face to face, but I can’t, so selling myself on a piece of paper is harder… I would start it off with what I have done before like office work etc., what things I enjoy doing, and other things that will hopefully come to mind when I am writing my own CV.

All in all I’m looking forward to work experience because it will give me an idea of what working is going to be like.”

How would you go about securing a work placement?