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Entrepreneurship Lecture at UEA

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 19:11

Ok….so I’ve said it before, running your own business is really diverse……….each day is different, and brings new experiences!  Today was no different……I went back to University, or the UEA to be exact.  I was on the panel at a Question time for the Entrepreneur and Small Business Management module.  The other panel member was Andrew Heaford founder of The Gambling Times.

Andrew and I have very different businesses – mine is very product based, and his is in the internet arena.  I am a product of my corporate background and tend to be quite methodical about systems and planning, Andrew runs his business more on intuition and gut feel.  It was a great to have two such contrasting businesses – and hopefully the students got an insight into the realities of running a small business.

The lecturer for the module is Dr. Haya Al-Dajani, who is really passionate about entrepreneurism as well as the role of women in small business.  She’s fascinating to talk to, as well as being very knowledgeable about her subject.  Andrew, Haya and myself decamped to the Sainsburys Centre afterwards.  It was fascinating to chat more about Andrew’s business.  Its just a million miles away from mine….operating across borders, more heavily regulated, 24 hours a day etc etc. Andrew’s knowledge of the gambling market is unbelievable. Check out his cuff-links – can’t you just tell what his business is? It was a fun morning at any rate and good to catch up with both Andrew and Haya.

Its nearly 20 years since I graduated [really?] from Strathclyde University, and today at UEA took me back to those days as an undergraduate.  I graduated and took a very ‘safe’  and well trod route via a Graduate Training Scheme and then through a Major FMCG corporate.  Today’s Graduates don’t have as many options as I did in terms of being able to secure a job after graduation.  I love running my own business – adore it, but even I don’t know if I would have had the guts to have started my own business after graduation?  I suspect not…………

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