Trafford College entrepreneurs aim to go to Infinity...and beyond

Messenger Newspapers: MP Graham Brady with members of the Infinity group MP Graham Brady with members of the Infinity group

TRAFFORD College’s entrepreneurial students, along with some of the boroughs top employers, came together at Trafford College’s Aspire Restaurant Bar to celebrate the launch of a new student venture known as Infinity.

Infinity is a new social enterprise developed entirely by the colleges students, for students. Supported by Trafford College, FireCask, JD Sports and NACUE, the venture was developed as a business platform that engages both young people and industry experts though regular networking and social events hosted by the group.

In addition, mentorships programmes are designed to increase interaction between students and employers, while developing key enterprise skills.

The group also provide schemes for young start-ups, designed to give students support while launching their enterprise initiatives as well as introducing them to funding opportunities.

Infinity’s first networking event attracted local business owners, students and MP Graham Brady, all inspired by the students’ dedication and enthusiasm for enterprise.

Guest Speaker, Ben Fox of JD Sports, motivated the students with a thought provoking talk about careers, while Young Businesswoman of the Year 2012, Anna Moss, talked to the students about the importance of business plans and making the most of work experience opportunities.

MP Graham Brady spoke of his enthusiasm for the team’s drive and interest in enterprise, and employability. He said: “The time is now for young people to start up their own ventures while they have maximum support and investment from the College and local employers. Youth enterprise is building the economy for the future.”

James Scott, assistant principal 14-19 learning at Trafford College added: “The college is proud to be supporting Infinity, a fantastic new social enterprise run by students for the students.

“They have established an exciting proposition to further bring the worlds of education and business together which will enable young people to develop the entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and behaviours that are required for success in life and work.

Infinity group MD, Liam Symonds, said: “The launch event was a great success. It fulfilled our expectations and we now have increasing motivation as a result of the great feedback we received from our audience.

“The group are now working towards increasing membership and establishing an advisory board so that we can launch our free and exclusive mentorship scheme by September this year.

“Our events will continue with bigger and better ideas that will really inspire our audience and keep our members actively engaged."

For further information about the Infinity Group, or to get involved, email James.scott@trafford.ac.uk or contact.infinitygroup@gmail.com.

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