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Enterprise Academy students enjoy guest lecture from local businessman
Cornwall College students have been given a special lecture by guest speaker Tom Kay from Finisterre recently.
The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy (PJEA) students and the BA Business and Enterprise students listened to a lot of interesting ideas from local business owner Tom Kay at the Camborne campus.
Tom runs Finisterre; a clothing company based in St Agnes, and has built the company up from scratch. He started the company in his bedroom and now his day-to-day activities include trading on the world clothing stage. Tom said: "I think it's really important to engage students in business at this age. This type of entrepreneurial training is so much more accessible these days and if Finisterre can help develop their skills we will."
The purpose of the guest lecture at Cornwall College was to provide students with an insight into a Cornish entrepreneurial journey, and also to allow students to ask a young entrepreneur how he had built a successful business.
Bryan Mills, Curriculum Area Manager for Business, Enterprise and IT at Cornwall College said: "Finisterre's business model, products and brand are really inspirational. It was a real help to our students to be able to learn these things from Tom first hand."
PJEA student, Louise Halliday 16 from Redruth, said: "Having Tom Kay come and give the guest lecturer to all of the PJEA and Business Enterprise students has been a great inspiration. It's fantastic to have people come in and speak to us from the local business community."
BA Business & Enterprise student Fabrizio Postiglione, 23 from Brazil, said: "I found it very interesting; this is why I am in Cornwall undertaking a business degree at Cornwall College. Here I feel at home and in peace, hopefully I will find my way to do what I believe and love, involving surf or any other extreme sport. Tom has enforced the idea that each one of us has the power to be successful as soon as we believe, trust and love what we do."
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College said: "Having someone as successful as Tom Kay come in and give our students an inspirational lecture really helps them to fully understand the potential their course can bring them. Both the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and Business Enterprise students have found this to be a really worthwhile experience."