I recently had a chance to catch up with Tom Gaskin at the Thetford Young Business Forum and we got talking about his new venture Pop Up Enterprises CIC, a social enterprise that delivers employability and enterprise training and support to young people in Norfolk.

As one of the Mayors ambassadors for youth and an Enterprise advisor working with schools senior leadership I was really happy to hear about his new venture and all of the fantastic opportunities it will give to young people in the area. Also about Tom’s recently launched Young Enterprise Challenge in Thetford, which is a great opportunity for young people to put their creativity to good use and develop entrepreneurial solutions to promote anti-bullying.

Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are something we should all learn and develop especially young people, in this ever changing world.

I encourage any young people, aged 13-17 to submit ideas for t-shirts designs that could be sold to promote an anti-bullying message. 3 lucky winners will receive a £25 gift voucher and an opportunity to work with a Professional Designer to create t-shirts featuring their winning designs! They will also receive support to sell their t-shirts locally to promote anti-bullying.

All entries received will be displayed at a public exhibition on Wednesday 18 January, 4-7pm at the Keystone Innovation Centre.

Pop Up Enterprises will also be running a series of enterprise workshops for young people in the New Year where they will have the chance to learn more about social enterprise and to develop business skills.

The competition closes at 5pm on Friday 16 December. For more information on the challenge and to download an entry form visit www.popupenterprises.org.uk

There seems to be more opportunities for young people popping up in and around Thetford and I hope people get involved and take full advantage of them. Not only are they fun but they could be that spark that ignites that entrepreneurial flame inside of us.

*First Published in The Thetford and Brandon Times