Businesswoman Karren Brady backs Mansfield’s West Notts College in hunt for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Karren Brady,centre, visits Vision West Notts pictured with college principal Asha Khemka and students Rebekah Priestley, Chelsea Salmon, Peter Jackson and Callum Parry.
Karren Brady,centre, visits Vision West Notts pictured with college principal Asha Khemka and students Rebekah Priestley, Chelsea Salmon, Peter Jackson and Callum Parry.

TELEVISION star and businesswoman Karren Brady has backed an entrepreneurship programme run by West Notts College.

The vice-chairman of West Ham United and Lord Sugar’s sidekick on hit BBC TV show The Apprentice visited the college to officially launch Vision Entrepreneur - a new initiative to develop the job-creators of tomorrow.

It will see aspiring tycoons from the college, schools and the community receive business coaching from industry experts and the support to get their ideas off the ground.

Ms Brady spoke to Vision Entrepreneur members about spotting and nurturing entrepreneurial spirit before joining a panel of experts in answering questions from the audience.

She also took part in a question and answer session with college and school students.

Said Garibaldi College student, Chelsea Salmon: “Her drive and ambition came across so strongly and she made me realise that you can succeed in life regardless of your background.”

“The thing that really came across is that, to be successful, ambition is everything.”

Principal Asha Khemka paid tribute to the work of Ms Brady, saying: “Being an entrepreneur isn’t just about setting up a business, it’s about having the right characteristics such as being enthusiastic, driven and adaptable.

“It was an honour to welcome such a powerful role model into college and give student the opportunity to be inspired by her spectacular rise to the top.”