Friday 11th March, 2016

Enterprising Entrepreneurs

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Step-Up is an alternative education course run by Romsey Mill.  As part of the course, a couple of our students interviewed two local entrepreneurs, who generously gave up their time, to discuss the skills and qualities required to be a successful entrepreneur.      

Kate Nation, who used to work at Romsey Mill, runs Turtle Dove Cambridge, a social enterprise providing work experience combined with youth support for young women, between 15-22. They work at various events across the city from charity fundraisers to private functions. Alongside this the young women have opportunities to host art workshops and events for the elderly.

Angie Powell runs Relevant Records Café with her husband.  They do a great job, serving the Romsey community with what we consider some of the best brownies in Cambridge – and other lush refreshments and of course loads of vinyl.

Our two young people had many questions to ask and came away with a much better understanding of what it takes to run a business. We had really positive feedback all round.

For the next stage of the course our young people put all of their newly acquired knowledge into practice and launched their own enterprise.  They  decided to create and sell Mothers’ Day gift sets, and having met some of our young entrepreneurs Angie Powell kindly offered to sell some of the gift sets at Relevant Record Café.

Youth Development Worker Naomi Message said: “A big thank you goes out to Kate and Angie for their kind generosity. The young people found it very interesting and learned a lot about what it takes to run your own business.”

If you would like to know more about some of the other alternative education work that we do, particularly if you would be interested in being a maths tutor for some of young people, please get in touch with Mike Farrington on 01223 566392  or email:


Some of the items for the Mother's Day gift pack.