Topic outline

  • General

    Introduction

    Click on the video below to listen to the introduction about the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and what the information entails throughout this area.

    If you are a student click on video 1

    This is an open forum for students who want to chat about starting their own business now, or in the future (i.e. when you leave college). You can chat to like minded students, advertise your business, network or just find out about the opportunities and help available to you.

    Click on the news forum link below to add a message / question:-

  • Topic 1

    Enterprise sign 

    HOW TO GUIDES

    • Click on the links below to access information on the following areas:-

    What can the Enterprise Champion do for you?

    What can the Enterprise Champion do for you?

    How to be Creative & innovative.

       How to be creative and innovative 

    How to start a Business/Enterprise

    How to start a Business

    How to Advertise & Market your business.

       How to advertise & market your business

    How entrepreneurial are you?

    How entrepreneurial are you?

    How to find funding for your Business
     
       How to find funding for your business

    How to create a Business Plan

    How to create a Business Plan

    How to provide the best Customer Service

       How to provide the best customer service

    Business Plan - Template

        Business Plan - Template

    How to manage difficult situations

        Managing difficult situations

    How to influence / negotiate / persuade people

        How to influence & persuade people

    How to:- Intellectual Property

        How to .. Intellectual Property

    How to be Emotionally Intelligent

        How to be Emotionally Intelligent

    How to use the Dynamo resources

        Dynamo Resources

    Useful links and websites

    How to learn effectively

       How to learn effectively

  • Topic 2

    Dynamo Resources

    Click on the link below which will take you to the Welsh Government website which includes interactive resources to use.

    http://ms.fs4b.wales.gov.uk/sub_sites/yes/content/dynamo/curriculum_materials.aspx

    There are resources (boxes) based in the Learning Centres of each campus. These can be used in your Tutorial Enrichment Programme sessions for Enterprise. 

    The boxes contain cards to show you how to use the games/activities etc. or you can look at the How to Guide for Enterprise in How to use the Dynamo resources.

    Please speak to the Learning Advisors or Library Assistants for these or alternatively contact your Enterprise Champion on vanessa.janes@coleggwent.ac.uk.

    • Topic 3

      WG logo                                Dynamo Role Models

      Click on the link below to find out more about the role models:-

      http://ms.fs4b.wales.gov.uk/sub_sites/yes/content/inspiring_stories/local_role_models.aspx

       Click on the link below to show some of the cases studies of the Role Models andf how they can help inspire the young people:-

      http://ms.fs4b.wales.gov.uk/sub_sites/yes/content/inspiring_stories/local_role_models/south_east_wales.aspx

      Click the link below to find the details of the Dynamo Role Models:-

    • Topic 4

      Big Ideas Wales picture    People who can help you start up in businessWG logo

      Your main contact in the college for starting up your own business in the

      Enterprise Leader -

      (Vanessa Janes-Evans)

      Click on this link to find out what the Enterprise Leader can do for you as a TUTOR / STUDENT

      Other help / support:-

      Any existing or former learners who require information and guidance on starting a business should have a look at the Assembly sponsored service ‘Flexible Support for Business’. Their website is http://business.wales.gov.uk/bdotg/action/home?site=230 ; the telephone number is 03000 6 03000. This offers a wealth of information and also includes a number of resources useful for learners wanting to start their own business. Learners ringing the number can also be referred to their local centre which will offer advice and guidance over the phone and can find a business adviser for you to chat to about your idea at the College, if desired.

      Click on the link below to find out who else can help support you:-

      http://ms.fs4b.wales.gov.uk/sub_sites/yes/content/get_started/finding_help.aspx

      HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS:-

      Another support option in relation for information and advice for (Taxes) is HM Revenue & Customs.

      Please find below the link for an E Learning package which will guide you start up in business.

      Below are the links for The Construction Industry, Hair and Beauty, Painters and Decorators.

      http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/ci/index.html                     

      http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/hair/index.html                        

      http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/ci_c/index.html

      http://hmrc.businesslink.gov.uk/courses/syob/syob

       

      Painters and Decorators   -    http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob2/pda/index.htm

      Farmers          -                    http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/farm/index.htm

      Young Farmers  -                  http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/young_farmers/index.htm

      (If you use this E-Learning package then please contact Vanessa Janes-Evans (Enterprise Leader) with your main stream course. This course can also be uploaded to your main course on Moodle.

      • Topic 5

        Inspirational Videos

        Click on the links below to see people who have started up their own successful businesses.

        Sport Leisure & Public Services:-

        http://moodle.coleggwent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=229&topic=4

        Art & Design:-

        http://moodle.coleggwent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=229&topic=5

        Child Care and Education:-

        http://moodle.coleggwent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=229&topic=6

        Graphic Design:-

        http://moodle.coleggwent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=229&topic=7

        Outdoor Activities:-

        http://moodle.coleggwent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=229&topic=8

        Computing and IT

        http://moodle.coleggwent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=229&topic=9

        ALSO:-

        Click on the link below to find people who have started up their own businesses:-

        http://ms.fs4b.wales.gov.uk/sub_sites/yes/content/inspiring_stories/people_with_big_ideas.aspx

        • Topic 6

          NEWS BULLETIN

          Click on the link below to access daily news bulletins on Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

          MONTHLY NEWLETTERS

          Activities & Events held at the College

          Click on the links below to download the monthly newsletters to find out whats going on in your campus:-

        • Topic 7

          Big Pitch

          The Big Pitch this year will be promoted in January and the final Big Pitch Event will be down in Cardiff Bay in April 2013. Please see below details of Big Pitch. An email will be sent out to all staff detailing specific dates.

          Little / BIG PITCH

          LITTLE PITCH Feeder to Big Pitch Event 2011

          The Little Pitch is a college run initiative which will be the feeder to the Big Pitch Event which is taking place in Cardiff Bay.

          This means the timescales are tight so the College Event will need to be advertised, and the groups selected from the proposals that the students have written on the business idea, which will be decided on shortly. (1 team needs to be selected from each of the campuses - Usk, Pontypool, Ebbw Vale, Crosskeys and Newport). These 5 teams will then be judged and two winning teams will be put forward for the Big Pitch Event. (There needs to be 4 students in each team).

          These Events will also cover elements of Communication and the Tutorial Enrichment Programme for Enterprise / finance.

          Click on the link below to watch the video of the cross college Little Pitch Event which took place on the 6th November 2011 at Pontypool Campus:-

          http://www.youtube.com/user/coleggwent?feature=mhee&v=RuualA1OE3k&lr=1

          BIG PITCH

          The Big Pitch Event (ie: Apprentice) is taking place on 28th November 2011 at Pier Building, Cardiff Bay.

          The Initiative is an excellent opportunity for students to take part in a real live project where they can gain a real flavour for the business world, while developing their entrepreneurial skills. This initiative will motivate young people to consider starting up their own business and increase awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities. All four college Principals from Coleg Gwent, Ystrad Mynach, Merthyr Tydfil and Coleg Morgannwg want this approach to be part of “experiential learning”.

          Ruth Badger is going to be one of the judges at the Big Pitch Event. Ruth stared in the hit TV show “The Apprentice” week after week Ruth excelled in all tasks that she was set, she had great business acumen and ability. Ruth left the series after working for Sir Alan Sugar for 6 months in an Executive role. Ruth has gone on to achieve massive success s and has started her own consultancy company to give start up advice and business rescue. Ruth has started up an academy to support business and careers training.

          Candidate Business Decision:-

          Last year the initiative inspired students to generate ideas to address a strategic business challenge in the region. FE students generated ideas to market a new visitor’s centre as part of the planned relocation of a major brewery in the Valleys. Nick Hewer from “The Apprentice” was the judge (2010) but this year (2011) Nick has agreed to be Patron of the Big Pitch.

          This year the company is Rock UK Summit Centre (climbing centre). The company feels they have not marketed themselves well enough and inspires to gain greater potential to make sure that they are viable. FE students will need to find out what the product is, and how they are going to market it and how they are going to engage the local community.

          To make the Big Pitch happen students will need to:-

          1. Have organised visits to the site

          2. Be trained in (training course provided) marketing skills and presentation skills

          2011:-

          You can access the video clip of the Big Pitch 2011 at thwe Pierhead Buildling, Cardiff Bay on the following link:-

          Winning Teams:- 2nd and 3rd place for Coleg Gwent

          Ebbw Vale Campus came in second place
          Newport campus came in third place

          WELLDONE TO BOTH TEAMS - Please see photos attached below.

          2010:-

          You can access the you tube video of the Big Pitch 2010 at Techniquest in Cardiff Bay on the following link:-

          You can access the you tube video for the Big Pitch 2011 at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay on the following link:-

        • Topic 8

          Joint Collaboration Event with Coleg Gwent and Newport University

          1 day Enterprise Event for Sports Students (pilot)

          Topics that will be covered:-

          Enterprise and employability skill building (idea generation, basic business planning, presentation, networking, team building skills etc), supported by Enterprise department and sports coaching undergraduate students. Plus the opportunity to tour campus/sports facilities.

          Enterprise challenge, chance for students to put into practice the skills. Students will be challenged to come up with a new business idea related to sport and pitch to a panel of judges (a mix of UWN staff, business experts and Sports Wales).

          Also a 'sports professional' will be in attendance and will be a head judge.

          • Topic 9

            Little Pitch Project - Community Food Growing

            The EC will be working with The Project Sponsor (WECAN Project) and the Development Manager at BTCV to look at ways of developing the social enterprises that are linked with the private sector and concerned with the natural environment/sustainable land use. BTCV has been commissioned by WECAN to find some potential opportunities in and around Ebbw Fach valley area of Blaenau Gwent.

            Summary of Exercise is as follows:-

            1. Networking of existing small scale food growing groups to co-ordinate production, share and enhance skills.
            2. Scoping and generation of small scale business leads in local outlets ie: food co-ops, pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants.
            3. Scoping feasibility/business leads for larger sales, ie:- Pot Noodle, Dragon Curry, Tyleri Foods.

            This Little Pitch Project will provide our students with the following opportunities:-

            1. Research skills
            2. Interviewing local businesses
            3. Identifying the local supply chain
            4. Marketing
            5. Stakeholder event delivery.

            This project is based on a real love challenge / issue which face the business community. The Little Pitch Initiative will help develop further links with the business community.

            The terms of reference need to be completed by the 8th December and the project will develop from here on. The project will finish by the end of March. 20 students will be involved with this project.

            This project is on going throughtout 2012/2013 with students from the ILS department at Ebbw Vale Campus.

            • Topic 10

              GEC logo             GEC - Global Entrepreneurship Challenge

              This year's GEC event will be held in March 2013. Students will need to complete the TEP Programme - enterprise module at level 2 / 3 to enter this competition.

              The cross campus event will be held at Pontypool Campus (hall)  in February 2013 (the date is yet to be confirmed) where the students will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

              The winning group will then go through to the GEC down in Cardiff Bay in "The Urdd" in March 2013 (date yet to be confirmed).

              The Enterprise Champion has organised a cross campus selection process which includes:

              • completing the enterprise catalyst questionnaire
              • Stage 1:- completion of the TEP enterprise booklet at level 2/3 on "coming up with a product/service that you could set up as a real life business" more points will be awarded if you have ECDGC theme (ie: sustainability, personal health etc).
              • Stage 2:- Power Point Presentation which includes a marketing plan and basic costings.

              The Minister of Science, Skills and Innovation will present the Business Challnege on the day and the students have 24 hours to come up with their pitch.

              Teams:- students need to be aged 19 or under and have 6-8 members per team.

              To find out more about the GEC click on the link below:-

              http://staging.ms.fsb.sequence.co.uk/sub_sites/yes/content/dynamo/entrepreneurship_in_fe_and_he/experiences/gec.aspx

            • Topic 12

              GEW logo                GLOBAL ENTERPRISE WEEK

              To watch a video on (2010) Global Entrepreneurship Week, click on the link below:

              http://www.gew.org.uk/about/wrap_up_gew_2010

              I am pleased to inform you that we have won a "High Impact - Badge of Honour Award" for our Enterprise Week held over the 5 campuses of Coleg Gwent

            • Topic 14

              light bulb                          Tutorial Enrichment Programme

              Embedding Enterprise through the TEP Programme

              Information will follow shortly.

            • Topic 15

              Tools for Entrepreneurship?

              Innovation psychometric tool:-

              The online tool is based on 36 questions and measures five generic innovation skills:- creativity, self-efficacyt (ie: confidence), energy, risk propensity and leadership.

              Once you have completed the questionnaire an immediate 5 page report is generated which summarises your results against each of the five headings and gives you some guidance on how to further develop your capacity for innovation.

              Click on this link to access the questionnaire.

              There is also another tool called Enterprise Catalyst questionnaire.  This shows you how entrepreneurial you are.  This link is produced by the Welsh Government.

              Click on this link to access the Enterprise Catalyst Questionnaire -

              http://ms.fs4b.wales.gov.uk/sub_sites/yes.aspx#


              FAQ (frequently asked questions

              • Topic 16

                WG logo                           BIG IDEAS WALES

                Big Ideas Wales is a Welsh Government website its aim is to:-

                • Increase awareness of entrepreneurship and business start up;
                • Inspire those interested in starting up to build on their knowledge and help them explore entrepreneurship opportunities;
                • Build a network of young people interested in entrepreneurship and starting a business;
                • Prepare young people for start up, providing appropriate information and signpost to the relevant start up support services.
                • Engage partners to promote the value of entrepreneurship and increase engagement in delivery. Encourage the use of Big Ideas Wales to ensure a seamless transition for young people into business start up.

                Students can register as members so they are aware of news and opporunities as they are added to the partner area and activity taking place outside the education environment.

                Students can follow Big Ideas Wales through social media such as:-

                Twitter @BigIdeasWales;

                www.facebook.com/BigIdeasWales

                www.youtube.com/welshgovernment

                Shadowing

                Entrepreneurial Shadowing

                Click on the link below to find out more about how to shadow an Entrepreneur.

                http://staging.ms.fsb.sequence.co.uk/sub_sites/yes/content/dynamo/entrepreneurship_shadowing.aspx

                Click on the link below to enter your details to shadow an Entrepreneur and pass it to your Enterprise Champion at the College (Vanessa Janes-Evans) you can find her details in the Learning Centres.

                http://staging.ms.fsb.sequence.co.uk/sub_sites/yes/content/dynamo/entrepreneurship_shadowing/getting_involved.aspx

                • Topic 17

                  10 Week Enterprise Course

                  Coleg Gwent are offering an Enterprise College Certificate. The handbook is a suggested guide for 10 hours of delivery, at levels 1 through to 3. The handbook is not meant to be a definitive guide, but provides suggestions to contextualise Enterprise into various curriculum programmes.

                  The outline goal is that:-

                  Level 1 learners consider their own skills against those of an Entrepreneur, Level 2 learners cover the same but extend this to think of a business idea and Level 3 learners develop an outline Business Plan.

                  The main focus of the College Certificate is that all learners can be enterprising, it is not about inventing the next great idea but venturing into self-employment within their own chosen vocational field or considering HE provision to further their own ambitions.

                  Please contact Vanessa Janes-Evans (<font color="#0000ff">vanessa.janes@coleggwent.ac.uk</font>) to register your students on this certificate.

                  Below are the Enterprise Pack and Resources that will support this certificate.

                • Topic 18

                  Calling all staff at Newport Campus-Tutors/HoS/HoLS

                  Please use this area to up load all Enterprise and Entrepreneurial activities that are happening throughout the year at your campus.

                  Newport Campus have taken full advantage of the opportunity of the Dynamo Role Model initiative for them to come to their sessions to talk about their inspriational stories of starting up in business and the valuable advice and guidance that they can give to our students.

                  • Topic 19

                    Calling all staff at Usk Campus-Tutors/HoS/HoLS

                    Please use this area to up load all Enterprise and Entrepreneurial activities that are happening throughout the year at your campus.

                    Usk Campus have taken full advantage of the opportunity of the Dynamo Role Model initiative for them to come to their sessions to talk about their inspriational stories of starting up in business and the valuable advice and guidance that they can give to our students.

                    Tutor:- Chris Carey
                    Students at Usk Campus have the opportunity to design a logo for the annual Countryside Experience week. The college invites children (ages4-9 years) from Gwent schools to see what Coleg Gwent Land Based students do.

                    Activities include:- bug hunt, bush creaft, seed planting, greenwood crafts, pond dipping, farm animal petting, tractor rides, horse patting, animal care show and tell, countryside crafts and much more.

                    • Topic 20

                      Calling all staff at Pontypool Campus-Tutors/HoS/HoLS

                      Please use this area to up load all Enterprise and Entrepreneurial activities that are happening throughout the year at your campus.

                      Pontypool Campus have taken full advantage of the opportunity of the Dynamo Role Model initiative for them to come to their sessions to talk about their inspriational stories of starting up in business and the valuable advice and guidance that they can give to our students.

                      • Topic 21

                        Calling all staff at Ebbw Vale Campus-Tutors/HoS/HoLS

                        Please use this area to up load all Enterprise and Entrepreneurial activities that are happening throughout the year at your campus.

                        Ebbw Vale Campus have taken full advantage of the opportunity of the Dynamo Role Model initiative for them to come to their sessions to talk about their inspriational stories of starting up in business and the valuable advice and guidance that they can give to our students.

                        • Topic 22

                          Calling all staff at Crosskeys Campus-Tutors/HoS/HoLS

                          Please use this area to up load all Enterprise and Entrepreneurial activities that are happening throughout the year at your campus.

                          Crosskeys Campus have taken full advantage of the opportunity of the Dynamo Role Model initiative for them to come to their sessions to talk about their inspriational stories of starting up in business and the valuable advice and guidance that they can give to our students.

                          • Topic 23

                              Enterprise Club

                            Are you interested and passionate about starting your own business? Do you have a business idea? Do you want to discuss numerous ideas that you have with a mentor then come and join us at the Enterprise Club based on your campus?

                            We can offer:-

                            • Advice and guidance from your Enterprise Leader (Vanessa Janes)
                            • Workshop business sessions (outlined below)
                            • One to one mentoring
                            • Funding opportunities
                            • Guidance through to business startup.

                             

                            You will also learn the following modules:-

                             

                            Introductory Session: Enterprise Catalyst / Course Content

                            Day One:- Module One:- Starting your own Business  - "Taking the Plunge" (Taster session) / Discussing your potential business ideas

                            Day Two:- Module Two:- Sizing up the Market

                            Day Three:- Module Three:- Winning and keeping customers

                            Day Four:- Module Four:- Pricing for Profit

                            Day Five:- Module Five:- Managing your Finances

                            Day Six:-Module Six:- Managing your Business Effectively

                            Day Eight:- Module Eight - Discussing Business Planning /  One to One Mentoring

                            Day Nine:- Module Nine:- Business Planning

                            Day Ten: Module Ten:- Dynamo Role Model related to your industry

                             

                            There also will be a fantastic opportunity to Shadow an Entrepreneur within your industry

                             

                            If you would like to take up this fantastic opportunity then contact:-

                            vanessa.janes@coleggwent.ac.uk