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Students to benefit from more of Scotland CAN DO

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) is set to collaborate more with Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) by moving into the same office space in Glasgow City Centre. While the organisations already work closely together, the co-location will enhance this relationship and ultimately mean stronger and more coordinated support for students and staff alike across Scotland’s College network.

Commenting on the move, Fiona Godsman, CEO of SIE, said: “SIE is well established in Scotland’s universities and we’ve been working closely with YES through their Bridge 2 Business programme as we expand our services to college students and staff. Our new location will help developour excellent relationship in the true spirit of Scotland CAN DO!

The Scotland CAN DO framework sets out the Scottish Government’s vision and ambitions for becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation – a CAN DO place for business.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Angela Constance said: “This co-location between SIE and YES is an exciting time for both organisations and I’m confident it will further enhance their support for students. Their commitment to promote and inspire enterprise and entrepreneurship among Scottish students is reflected in the Scottish Government’s CAN DO framework which was developed with public, private and third sector partners.It clearly sets out our ambition and priority areas where we will work with partners like SIE and YES so Scotland can become a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation.”

One student who has benefited from being involved with both organisations is Renatas Luzaitis. During his time at the City of Glasgow College he connected with Bridge 2 Business and received support while setting up his business Purple Moon Designs & Marketing Solutions.

Having completed his HNC in Business he has gone on to study International Business at the University of Strathclyde where he has benefited from further support from SIE.

“Bridge 2 Business helped me establish my business back in February 2014. The team from Bridge 2 Business helped me on the right path. I have been working with them since and I always take part in their events. During these events I was introduced to SIE and found out more about them while taking part at Enterprise Pathways at Strathclyde University where I’m currently studying International Business.”

Geoff Leask CEO at Young Enterprise Scotland commented “Renatas is a prime example of someone who is benefiting from our joint activity. Our Bridge 2 Business programme will be working with SIE to help promote the Young Innovators Challenge. This is a great competition designed to help students develop new enterprises which is run by SIE on behalf of the Scottish Government. Last year, over 350 students participated in the YIC, with 20% from the FE sector. This collaborative approach should see even higher numbers of students participating this year.”

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