Jessica Grosvenor is a 25 year old British entrepreneur, who, on the 13th October won the much coveted Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. After a gruelling day in front of the judges, who included Duncan Bannatyne (from Dragons Den), the young entrepreneur from Wolverhampton picked up a prize of £10,000 to put toward her company, Freelance Training and Consultancy.
Having only started the business in April of this year, she has come a long way very quickly. She has so far managed to secure contracts worth a massive £1.46million. She is looking to use the £10,000 prize to start up hairdressing and healthcare academies.
Jessica started Freelance Training and Consultancy to help people who’ve been made redundant, in the recent economic downturn, retrain to find a new job. Her company now offers training and courses aimed at helping 16-18 year olds gain access to education and jobs by offering government-funded NVQs and technical certificates.
The company also offers courses in skills like Maths, English and ICT. This is in addition to training for teacher development qualifications and much more. The company is expanding quickly and always looking to offer more services.
The industry right now is booming and Jessica spotted an opportunity and took it with both hands.
I think it is great to see young entrepreneurs being recognised and supported at an early stage as they are the ones that can boost our economy, and with the recent announcement about an increase in university tuition fees, it could be that many more of the next generation turn to entrepreneurship straight out of school.