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Lord Mandelson to open Sandon Business and Enterprise College


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Released 24 Oct 2008

Secretary of State for Business, Lord Peter Mandelson will today (Friday) open the Sandon Business and Enterprise College in Stoke on Trent.

This is the first official visit to the region by Lord Mandelson and will see him touring the school watching lessons and talking to pupils about their enterprise studies.

The new 17 million school is the first in the city to be built under the Building Schools for the Future programme and is part of the Government's annual 60 million commitment to support enterprise in education.

Lord Mandelson said:

"Supporting young people in enterprise is a long-term investment for the future. Our aim is to get young people to start thinking about the benefits of running their own business, and to recognise the positive impact that enterprising attitudes can have in every area of their lives.

Schools like Sandon Business & Enterprise College have embraced enterprise education and have created a centre of excellence for enterprise learning that will equip young people with the skills and the confidence they need to become enterprising employees or entrepreneurs of the future".

The visit follows on from last month's launch of the first Enterprise Academy with the Department of Business, the Premier League and Make Your Mark which uses football to engage with young people and introduces them to enterprise and business skills learned through running their premier football club.

Building work on the school began in April 2006 and the facility is both hi-tech and energy efficient. It has three floors and includes a 155 seat lecture theatre, a business enterprise zone, and a five court sports hall.


1. Manchester City will be followed by Aston Villa as the next club to set up enterprise programmes, delivering enterprise education to 13-14 year olds through the curriculum time. Each club will run an initial three-year programme with up to 5 schools.

2. Make Your Make, is the national campaign to unlock the UK's enterprise potential, is run by Enterprise Insight, a not for profit organisation founded by the four main business organisations (CBI, British Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors and Federation of Small Businesses) and is primarily funded by the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.

3. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of Government-owned assets and it works to secure, clean and competitively priced energy supplies.

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