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HMSG leading the way with business-education partnerships

January 27th, 2016


This month, HMSG played host to the Women’s Business Club as they held their first business lunch of the year, further enhancing the link between HMSG and the business community.

Local entrepreneurs, businesswomen and professionals from a range of companies visited the school, combining business with education and demonstrating to the students the power of networking.

Emma Skipp, client account manager at Wye Media attended the business lunch and said: “I’ve been involved with the Women’s Business Club for quite a while. These events give pupils insight into networking and that’s not something you can teach in school, or even at university.”

Tamsen Garrie, author of Act of Attraction, mentor and professional speaker opened the event with a motivational speech portraying the importance of visualising your goals. The successful writer explained the importance of understanding why we set ourselves goals and outlined her three-step guidBusiness lunch (2)eline to creating a vision.

“You have to define what your intent is, define its purpose, and make it tangible”. Tamsen said. She closed with a powerful statement to the girls: “It’s vital to know why you want it – having a purpose is what gets you out of bed in the morning.”

A level pupil Helena Sherwood, 17, studies business at HMSG, she said: “It was really inspirational listening to Tamsen. It made me want to set myself goals for the future.  It has really motivated me to plan ahead a bit more.”

Joanna Johnson, Confidence4Life (C4L) Co-ordinator at HMSG said: “The business lunch was beneficial for all involved. It allowed the girls to gain important business skills which will stay with them for life whilst giving successful entrepreneurs a better understanding of young people’s ambitions.”

Mel Cannon, proprietor of Perfect Image Health and Beauty Salon in Usk said: “The sixth formers give you a really good insight into what younger people want. I started my business at 18, 27 years ago, so roughly about the same age as these girls now.  It is important to the girls to find something they really want to do rather than falling into something that’s not right.”

Georgina Fry, 18, sixth former at HMSG and business and economics prefect said: “I felt like everything Tamsen said applied to my A levels as well as business.

“I could relate what she said to everyday life too.  These events really help with developing social skills and confidence.  We’re thrown into talking about business with people, which we’re not used to, and we’re learning these essential skills as we go along.  This is my second women’s business event and I look forward to the next one.”

We would like to thank Women’s Business Club for their continued links with the school and will be planning similar events in the future.WBC logo

To sign up for the next Women’s Business Lunch at HMSG on Wednesday 17th February, please click on the following link:

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