Star of BBC Dragons’ Den, Jenny Campbell, has visited her former school to promote entrepreneurship amongst young women. In association with Young Enterprise, pupils from Manchester High School for Girls (MHSG) had the opportunity to pitch business ideas and receive expert feedback on their proposals.
Jenny is an ex-career banker turned entrepreneur who sold her business, YourCash Europe, for over £50 million in 2016. After leaving MHSG at the age of 16, Jenny started her career counting cash in a bank. She worked her way up to become Operations Director of Hanco, a Royal Bank of Scotland subsidiary, and led a management buyout of the company in 2010.
Kerrie Chisnall, who leads Young Enterprise at MHSG, said: “Pitching a business idea to one of the most successful businesswomen in the country was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our girls. The Young Enterprise scheme has been a real hit at Manchester High, partly because the girls see Jenny’s success and start to believe that they could do something similar.”
Jenny gave us a number of really good ideas about how we could make our marketing more focused, which we have already started to implement. Pupil, Precious Limen
The two teams were challenged to design, create and market ethical products over the course of the last term. The results were a collection of t-shirts made from bamboo, and cruelty-free bath bombs made using natural ingredients. Precious Limen of, Team + Aura, said: “I was really quite nervous before the session started, but Jenny was very supportive of our ideas. When you have a product that you believe in it can be very difficult to think rationally about how to move forward. Jenny gave us a number of really good ideas about how we could make our marketing more focused, which we have already started to implement.”
Young Enterprise was founded to help young people make the connection between school and the world of work. This year-long company programme for secondary school students aims to develop employability skills and deliver inspirational enterprise education.