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natwestlogoNatWest – in partnership with the National Careers Service Inspiration Agenda – will be touring 8 schools on the Isle of Wight in a bid to help find and develop the successful business leaders of the future.

The NatWest Mobile Business School, which takes the form of a 1966 Routemaster Bus, will host a series of business start-up knowledge sessions for budding entrepreneurs, followed by a mini ‘Dragons’ Den’, that are both specifically designed to give students the confidence and skills to help them start their own business as well as a good grounding for any future job interviews.

The tour dates are as follows:

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• Tuesday 20th September
– Medina College, Newport, 13:30
– Isle of Wight College, Newport, 16:30

• Wednesday 21st September:
– Christ-the-King, Newport, 10:00
– Carisbrooke College, Newport, 13:30

• Thursday 22nd September:
– Sandown Bay Academy, Sandown, 13:30

• Friday 23rd September
– Ryde School, Ryde, 10:00
– Cowes Enterprise College, Cowes, 13:30

During the last 3 and a half years, NatWest’s Mobile Business School has visited all corners of England, Wales and Scotland. It has travelled over 50,000 miles, stopping at 315 different locations and welcoming on-board 22,353 people interested in learning about enterprise, starting a business, or growing their business.

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The Isle of Wight schools tour is being supported by a number of other local organisations including Bedford Lodge; Blue Sky Island Media; Coralesce; HTP Apprenticeship College; NHS; Solent LEP; Tesco; Wentworth Consultancy; and WightFibre.

Hazel Vidler from NatWest, said:

“At NatWest we really want to motivate and inspire the next generation of business leaders and we are delighted to be working with Steve Pattle of the National Careers Service. The tour will play a key role in helping to find and develop the budding entrepreneurs that could have a vital role to play in the future health of the Isle of Wight economy.” 

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