Barmy owner Eve asked to talk about her entrepreneurship at Ambition Barnsley

October 21, 2014

Barmy owner Eve Lodge will be a guest speaker at the I Know I Can Ambition Barnsley event on Wednesday, October 22.

Local education and training providers will be joined by around 600 pupils and their parents from across across the borough at the all-day event at Barnsley Metrodome.

The aim is to outline the wealth of work and career opportunities available to young people after they leave school.

Eve, who left Horizon Community College with 16 GCSEs and is now doing her A levels at Shelley College, won three I Know I Can awards when setting up her Barmy business at the age of just 14: Best Business Key Stage 4; Best Use of Online Resources’ and Most Innovative Business.

The teenager (pictured below) went on to receive support from Barnsley Council-backed Enterprising Young People.

Eve special award

She has gone from strength and recently reached the final of Yorkshire’s Got Talent, a competition to find the best up-and-coming new businesses in the county.

Eve has been asked to talk about her entrepreneurship at Ambition Barnsley on Wednesday evening.

Business in the Community will be running six workshops, one of which is ‘Starting my own business’. Eve will share her experience of being in business and why she chose this path.

She will be at the Metrodome from around 4pm until 7pm and will be more than happy to answer any questions students or parents might want to put to her.

The annual I Know I Can Ambition Barnsley event aims to repeat its previous success in building confidence among Barnsley’s youngsters aged 13 to 16, enhancing their skills and raising aspirations regarding their qualifications and achievements.

Parents and carers of Years 9, 10 and 11 young people have also been invited to the Barnsley Metrodome for a twilight session, where providers and employers will include Barnsley College, Dearne Valley College, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

All local secondary schools have been invited to participate in the IKIC Ambition Barnsley event. The event runs throughout the day, with a session for parents and carers from 3.30pm to 7pm.

Organised by Business in the Community (BITC) on behalf of Barnsley Council, the event comes as the National Careers Council warns of a lack of careers advice available to young people in the UK.

Liz Needleman, area director of BITC England East, said: “This is an excellent initiative, as many school leavers are unaware of the options available to them, such as further education, apprenticeships and workplace learning.

“The session will equip young people with key knowledge to help them make vital decisions about their future, as well as giving parents and carers valuable advice.”

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential), said:
“Ambition Barnsley is a great opportunity for parents and carers of young students who seek information, or have questions, about how to support their children in choosing their education, training or employment pathway when they leave Year 11.

“A wide range of local providers will be gathered in the central location of the Metrodome leisure complex and I encourage young people and parents alike to make the most of this opportunity.”