Lorraine is a business woman of 17 years, speaker, published author, and advocate of enterprising families. Her business experiences range from establishing one of the first online business information portals in the UK, to running arts education projects, and a highly successful business and educational research company. She has worked closely with, and supported, young people, the education sector, and families to integrate enterprise learning into everyday life.
Lorraine is an expert adviser to the Board of the National Early Years Trainers and Consultants Organisation (NEyTCO) and heads the judging panel for the Young Enterprise/Virgin Money ‘Fiver’ competition for UK Primary Schools. Her work has been featured in national media, she has spoken at key events such as The Education Show, and writes guest articles for parenting, and educational magazines and digital platforms.
Lorraine is passionate about helping children grow up to be happy, creative, confident individuals, achieving their full potential.
Her book ‘Enterprising Child’ was published in 2012 and is currently being revised and updated, due for publication Spring 2016.
Why I’m Supporting #MicroBizMattersDay
I am supporting MicroBizMattersDay because micro enterprises are the unsung heroes in the business world, quietly just ‘getting on with it’ yet with over 5 million in the UK alone, we should be celebrating them and letting our young people know who they are, what they do, and why they matter.
Many young people seeking a summer term placement with an employer will look to large organisations first without realising that micro enterprises, often on their doorstep, can provide a real insight into self-employment, and the opportunity to develop a foundation of skills and knowledge essential for their working life. This is something I talk about when I speak in schools as a Big Ideas Wales role model. Life in micro business is far from easy, but we need to grow the opportunities for bringing micro businesses and young people together – we have to work hard to make life better for micro enterprises, enabling them to do more than just survive but thrive too and make those opportunities a reality for our young people.
Parents are key influencers and advisers in helping children make important educational and career decisions, with family nearly three times as influential as teachers in decisions such as choosing between university or work. This MicroBizMatters Day, I urge parents to look around their local community with their child and help them see the value and contribution micro enterprises are making to local, regional, and national economies.
Discuss with them the challenges of running a micro business and talk about the opportunities that may be open to either work for one or maybe at some point in the future even start a business of their own.