A teenage entrepreneur from Knaresborough has joined ten North Yorkshire captains of industry to lobby the Government for a better deal for small businesses.
Bronny Embleton, a student at Knaresborough King James’s School was invited to a reception at the House of Commons along with a 90-strong delegation from the northern region of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), after she won the Excellence in Leadership award in the HSBC Young Enterprise Innovation Awards 2012 in April.
She said: “The trip to the Commons really opened my eyes to the real-life struggles people with small businesses encounter on an everyday basis.
“I’ll certainly view those involved in this area of the economy with an even greater level of respect and admiration.”
The group joined MPs at a reception addressed by Parliamentary Under Secretary for Skills Matthew Hancock and Shadow Small Business Minister, Toby Perkins, and pushed the Government to act on promises to remove the barriers for growth.
North Yorkshire Young Enterprise chairman, Paul Marsh, added: “The trip was a great opportunity for Bronny to learn more about the challenges faced by small businesses all over the country.
“Young Enterprise is all about inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and Bronny is a prime example of the talent it can sometimes uncover.”
“She was a credit to herself and her school during the Young Enterprise Company Programme and we hope what she learned from it and from the delegation to London will help her when it comes to building a career of her own.”
The annual Young Enterprise initiative gives teams of students chance to set up and run their own businesses, with the help of an expert mentor.
Once the companies have been formed, the students then compete against each other in an Apprentice-style challenge to make the most money, with awards offered for the best presentation, the most innovative product, the best use of media, the best company reports and accounts and the best trade stand.