With the local elections looming in May and the political wheels starting to turn, the Prime Minister made a flying visit to Hertfordshire last month at the same time Hertfordshire students in conjunction with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry were benefiting from another of the Prime Ministers champion causes.


Young Chamber is held in high esteem by Gordon Brown, as an initiative set up to bring young people and businesses together at a local level in a real and direct way to help young people gain more knowledge and understanding of business. The current PM sees Young Chamber as a way of developing an enterprise culture amongst young people.  Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry has two Young Chambers set up in Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth and Priory School in Hitchin.  

Leventhorpe School Young Chamber even managed to become television stars for the day as they were filmed during their business training day at Danbury Outdoor Centre by Sky Sports.


Sky were there to record a “Where are they now?” programme on ex England and Essex cricketer Peter Such who is now a business consultant. Peter Such was one of three speakers who gave a series of business focused training sessions to the Young Chamber members. His speech gave an insight into team development and motivation from a business perspective and called upon his knowledge of great sporting and historical leaders to provide the students with an insight into leadership and team dynamics.


The event also exposed the students to presentations by two other excellent business speakers, Michael Veasey from Stevenage Business Initiative who provided the students with information on how to create and manage their own business and Gillian Cardy from the Financial Services Authority who gave the students some excellent money management tips that will assist them with their future financial planning.


Following an inspiring and informative morning the Young Chamber students ended their day by undertaking a series of exciting outdoor team challenges, provided by the Danbury Outdoor Centre team, which gave them an opportunity to put their team building and leadership skills into practice.




John McBride from the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry

“The students gained a fantastic amount of knowledge today about team dynamics, entrepreneurship and financial management that will not only assist their individual development but will enable them to provide support and guidance to fellow students within the Leventhorpe Young Chamber. Today’s event will also help with the development of an entrepreneurial spirit within the school.”   


Peter Such -

‘I was delighted to be able to help out at the Young Chamber Event at Danbury. I hope that the insight I gave, into Team Development, Leadership and Motivation will be of value, not only to the young people in their school lives, but also something which will be useful, as they progress onto further education and the world of work. The work by the Chamber in helping to equip young people with life skills is vital in assisting them to make the transition from a school environment to business.’  

Michael Phillips, lead teacher for the Leventhorpe School Young Chamber –

 “I was really impressed with the speakers and this event has provided the students with just what they need to continue to develop their enterprise work.”


For further information please contact John McBride, Education Business Links Manager, at the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 4 Bishops Square Business Park Hatfield Herts AL10 9NE telephone 01707 398400 or 07854 740649.    


The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) accredited Chamber for Hertfordshire with approximately 1,500 members countywide employing over 100,000 people.