Monday, September 5, 2016

News: JCI launches business academy

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The Sheffield Junior Chamber International (JCI Sheffield) is launching a new business academy this week, with successful Rotherham businesswoman, Julie Kenny CBE DL, as keynote speaker.

JCI is a global network for young people in their 20s and 30s with the aim to provide development opportunities through community work, training, business, social and international opportunities.

Bringing together promising students, entrepreneurs and those seeking careers inspiration, the business academy on September 10 and 11 is set to create a hub of innovative ideas and passionate pitches.

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The academy will see key speakers from businesses and organisations in Yorkshire tell their story and give advice to attendees.

Julie Kenny, the founder and major share holder, led the growth of Rotherham manufacturer, Pyronix as chair and chief executive. A sale was announced for the Hellaby firm earlier this year to China's Hikvision, the world's largest supplier of video surveillance products and solutions.

Named as Private Business Woman of the Year 2014, Kenny is also a commissioner at Rotherham Council and a board member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

Other speakers include Sheffield Chamber of Commerce's Richard Wright, Natalie Fletcher from Business Sheffield and Ben Hawley from Enterprising Barnsley.

Attendees will learn how to create and develop business concepts, culminating in a Dragons' Den style pitch. Except that the "dragons" are much less intimidating than their BBC counterparts.

Gareth Carson, president of JCI Sheffield President, said: "Business Academy is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to further their career, wanting to set up their own business or simple wanting a taste for the world of business.

"At JCI Sheffield we are all about empowering young people to achieve awesome and be the best they can be. With the skills provided by JCI, what seems the impossible can become the possible."

Sponsored by Inox, the venue for the business academy at Sheffield University, the event is also supported by the JCI UK Foundation.

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