The National Assembly is currently looking into youth entrepreneurship, in particular the experiences of young entrepreneurs in Wales and how the Welsh Government promotes entrepreneurship amongst young people.
To gather the views of young people across Wales, the Assembly’s Outreach team arranged two visits for Assembly Members to projects in Newport and Deeside, as well as conducting video interviews and a focus group. The Committee also heard from Dale Williams – finalist of Masterchef 2013 – who set up his own recruitment firm at the age of 23.
Check out Dale’s thoughts on giving evidence to the Committee here:
The video interview sessions involved a total of 37 young entrepreneurs and took place across Wales. The Outreach team spoke to young business owners who run a variety of different businesses; from coffee shops to app translation, to boutiques and agriculture.
The full video shown at committee can be found here:
Outreach officers also visited Mountain Ash to conduct a focus group with young people about youth entrepreneurship. The 11 participants talked about issues that affected them, ranging from the potential rewards of going into business to the influence of TV programmes such as Dragon’s Den in motivating entrepreneurship.
The Outreach team also facilitated visits to the Alacrity Foundation in Newport and the Regional Entrepreneurship Hub in Deeside. Splitting into two teams, Assembly Members from the Enterprise and Business Committee spoke to young entrepreneurs, advisors and staff in a series of roundtable discussions.
You can watch what participants at the Alacrity Foundation had to say here:
Commenting on the visit, Simon Gibson, Founding Trustee of the Alacrity Foundation, said: “This visit has benefits for everyone involved. We get feedback from the Assembly Members, but secondly I think what’s equally important is you get a reality check when you get out into the field to find out what the real issues are, and I commend the officials and the Assembly Members have taken the time out to do that. We definitely appreciate their listening ear.”
More information about the inquiry: http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=6052