Over the past three years, national business law firm DWF has developed a partnership with national charity Young Enterprise to help deliver a number of its projects and programmes in a number of colleges and universities in the North West.
Young Enterprise's mission statement: "to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise" is aligned 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, provides off-site networking opportunities and provides mentoring support for the students.
Andy Firr – North West Start Up Manager at Young Enterprise said: "It is no coincidence that the level of performance from our Start Up companies has greatly increased since the introduction of DWF staff working with our undergraduates, this culminating in a team from Liverpool JMU winning the UK Start Up National Final in 2013 and going on to perform admirably and finish 3rd from 21 European countries at the International Final held in Liege, Belgium. We absolutely relish the opportunity to continue to build and grow our relationship with DWF and look to expand our partnership work both in terms of student participation number and geography over the years to come."
Sally Partington – Enterprise Education Officer at LJMU commented: "The DWF team act as excellent business mentors to our students and deliver high quality workshops on both team-building and the legal issues that start-up businesses need to consider. The annual business networking event that DWF generously organises and hosts at their premises in the Liverpool commercial district has become a highlight of the module and we are very grateful to them for the significant contribution that they make to the programme."
The relationship was established and developed by DWF's Andrew McGregor, Solicitor in DWF Liverpool Commercial Litigation. Andrew 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, Partner at DWF concluded: "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."