Business and Enterprise Academy Kicks Off 2021 with New Exciting Activities for Students

13th January 2021

The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Business and Enterprise Academy, launched in partnership by The Sheffield College and Sheffield Chamber in 2019, kicks off the new year with exciting development activities for students.

With an aim to support young people acquire the employability skills needed to be successful in the workplace, the academy offers all Sheffield College students the opportunity to be mentored by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce members. In 2020, the academy recruited 903 active student members. This year, already it has 697 students signed up, with recruitment still ongoing. 

On the 5th January, the academy successfully launched the STARTUP! Business Hub - a 10-week programme which aims to equip students interested in entrepreneurship with the knowledge and skills to STARTUP! their own business.

Every week, an expert and influential guest speaker, will walk students through the steps required to start up their own business. From helping students to understand themselves as an entrepreneur/sole trader, to business idea generation, to business planning, plus much more. Already a success, the second programme is set to start on 23rd March.

The academy has also organised a series of interactive masterclass events for students throughout January and February. Covering topics such as the art of communication, networking and building connections, these online events will provide students an opportunity to develop necessary skills for their future career.

Matt Jackson, President of Sheffield Chamber, said:

“The Business and Enterprise Academy has set a positive pace for 2021. This is encouraging and exciting to see. The aim of the academy is to provide a space that inspires people to start a business and equally equip them with the skills required for their journey ahead. To achieve this goal, we require mentors and guest speakers to get involved. Is this you? If so, please get in contact. We are keen to engage the academy with as many members as possible. All sectors and sizes of business are invited. Our ambition is to showcase the depth, breadth and diversity that exists in our business community in Sheffield and the region.”

Steve Manley, Sheffield Chamber member and former President of Sheffield Chamber, added:

“The vision for the Business and Enterprise Academy has really taken shape. I am proud of what we have created through the partnership working of the Chamber and The Sheffield College. I am extremely passionate about the development of our young people and creating a pipeline of budding entrepreneurs. The academy provides the platform for our business leaders to give back. We recognise how important it is to create a positive ecosystem that encourages and stimulates start-up businesses. The academy forms a part of this valuable environment. Again, I would like to encourage more members to participate in the academy programme. If you can add value, please contact us. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you.”

For more information on how to get involved, click here or contact Sheffield Chamber on 0114 201 8888 or email

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