Fantastic news Red Potato is a finalist in the “Commercial Business in the Community” category at the Hertfordshire Business Awards! This is a great privilege, and we were really pleased to hear the news last week. While we hope to go on and win the award, we also recognise that business investment in the community should be a long term commitment – not least because it takes time to achieve lasting change.
We believe that growing a sustainable business requires good preparation, regular enrichment and and strong “roots” – business values that will sustain through the tough times. Although much of the UK economy is through the tough times, for local government a further round of austerity looms.
It is against this challenging background that public sector organisations are working with Red Potato to help local young people set up their own businesses; by delivering training, support and mentoring.
Red Potato are currently running #BusinessBootCamps for students at Oaklands College, in Hertfordshire, just north of London. The temperature was surprisingly warm at our last “camp”: It is not often that it is too hot for coffee and the demand is for more cold water in mid October England! The students were great – as were the business mentors Moore Social Media and The Welwyn Florist – and had some really great ideas. We love the way students who lack belief before they enter the room, later leave the #RedPotato #Business BootCamp with the confidence they can take the next steps to develop their business idea.
We love the journey – the stumbles, the strides and the setbacks – to success!