Mansfield entrepreneur aiding national campaign

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A Mansfield business founder is being used as a case study by a Government department to encourage young people to launch their own venture.

Katrina Atherton, founder of A-Star Media, has joined forces with the Department for Communities and Local Government to promote and help budding entrepreneurs.

She started A-Star Media, a corporate film production company, with business partner John Starkie aged 20, and since that time the company has gone on to work with large organisations and small businesses across the country.

Miss Atherton, who is also a councillor in Mansfield, said: “I do a lot of work locally to encourage young people to think about starting a business, so it’s great to be involved with a national campaign.

“Young people are full of new ideas, but it’s normally a lack of confidence that stops them having a go.

“If you want to start your own business, tell everyone, don’t be shy.

“You’ll be amazed by the amount of support and advice people have for you. They’ll be so impressed that you’re putting yourself out there and trying something new.

“I’d tell anyone, young or old, just go for it!

“No-one will hold it against you for trying, and if you don’t succeed you’ve got the experience to go forward.”