We are proud to support Young Enterprise in their mission to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise. Read more about our work on their ‘Start Up’ programme and how we’re helping to support colleges and universities across the North West.
Over the past three years, DWF has developed a partnership with national charity Young Enterprise to help deliver a number of its projects and programmes at colleges and universities across the North West. This academic year DWF has joined Young Enterprise working with both Manchester Metropolitan University and Liverpool John Moores University.
The Young Enterprise’s mission statement is “to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise”. This aligns with a number of DWF’s core values, and the partnership allows DWF people to get involved in a fantastic charitable initiative whilst developing their own skills.
DWF assists Young Enterprise with the delivery of its ‘Start Up’ programme by providing presentations and seminars on commercial and legal issues awareness, and provides off-site networking opportunities and mentoring support for the students.
The relationship was established and developed by DWF’s Senior Solicitor, Andrew McGregor, who is part of the Commercial Litigation team, who said: “The partnership with Young Enterprise has gone from strength to strength. What started as an idea to provide our young lawyers with an opportunity to develop project management, networking and presentation skills, via such a fantastic forum, has turned into a fully sponsored and firm supported initiative. The programme spreads across two office locations with our people providing support to at least four universities, and there are plans to expand. We have seen the results of the partnership from all angles, students, clients, our people and our community. We are proud to support Young Enterprise.” .
Tim Scott, Employment Partner and Head of DWF’s HE Sector Group, commented: “Fewer jobs, greater competition and greater expectations mean that it is essential that young people develop their commercial awareness, employability tools and entrepreneurial skills at an early stage. Young Enterprise's work with young people in this area is second to none. DWF's specialist Education Sector Group is delighted to work with Young Enterprise, as a partner and as a client. DWF is proud to support a programme and competition that encourages our young people to become future business leaders and entrepreneurs.”
Andy Firr, Young Enterprise Start Up Manager said "the support given by DWF over the past years is truly invaluable, it’s a terrific relationship between the two organisations and our core values are well aligned which makes building our partnership really enjoyable."