Staffordshire welcomes Prince Harry for Armistice Day

harry-philips-blogStaffordshire welcomed a royal visitor this week as Prince Harry visited the National Memorial Arboretum for our Armistice Day services on Friday. The Prince led a moving tribute to all the lives lost in war with a wreath-laying ceremony and a reading of Robert Brooke’s poem The Soldier by the Armed Forces memorial. It was a huge honour to be present at the ceremonies on behalf of the county. It was a beautiful service and the grounds were made all the more spectacular by the newly opened visitor’s centre. A royal presence highlights again what a national focus for commemoration Staffordshire has become through the Arboretum and we are very proud to have it in the county.

On Remembrance Sunday I also attended my local village service at the War Memorial in St Michael’s Lychgate, Rocester which I have done for the last 30 years.  It still fills me with pride when fellow villagers gather with our neighbours to pay our respects to those who died during conflict and it was encouraging to see even more and more young people attending to pay their respects.

Empowering our young people to become aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders is something we all want to see and something we’ll all benefit from. Not only is it vital we teach the next generation the business acumen they need to succeed, but we’ll also be securing the future growth and success of the county.

Our Young Enterprise project is doing just that. This engaging scheme reaches out to schools and challenges pupils to set up and run a business over the school year.  These young entrepreneurs of today will be the business leaders of tomorrow, so it’s vital that they get the insight to how business works and to even have a go at running their own enterprise themselves when they are so young.

The young people make all the decisions, create their company, design and sell their products and manage the finances, learning about business every step of the way. 20 high schools from across the county and city have already taken part in the scheme, with over 3,500 children joining in. I am sure this project has fired up these teenager’s money-making spirits and shown them the rewards and excitement of running their own businesses. The teenagers will be taking part in two ‘Dragons Den’ type events to pitch their business ideas at the end of the month, so I’ll report back on how they get on.

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