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Business people to join students to hear inspiring entrepreneurs

People doing business in North-East Fife are being invited to join members of St Andrews Business Club and students from the university on October 11 to hear the stories of several of Scotland’s most inspiring entrepreneurs.

As part of this year’s university Enterprise Week, the free Keynote Event at The Byre Theatre will hear from Scottish entrepreneurs, including Alan Mahon, speak about their experiences and approach.

Early last year, after working together on projects to tackle homelessness in Scotland, Alan Mahon and Josh Littlejohn of Social Bite created social enterprise Brewgooder to provide clean water for a million people by producing and selling excellent craft beer and donating all the profits to clean water charities. In its first year sales of Clean Water Lager funded two new well projects in Malawi providing 5,000 people with clean drinking water, transforming rural communities.

St Andrews Business Club has partnered with the Enterprise Week student committee to help organise the event as part of its commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship in the area.

It will begin at 5.30pm with a wine reception and canapes with students and university staff including Principal, Professor Sally Mapstone, before Professor Mapstone starts the main event with a welcome at 7pm. After each of the presenters has spoken, the audience will get a chance to ask them questions.

Speaking about the event, St Andrews Business Club President, Alistair Morris, said: ”We’re delighted to have been asked to contribute to this event to help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business people. The Club welcomes them to any of our own events and we look forward to hearing stories which will doubtless inspire our members too.”

Bonnie Hacking, Enterprise & Employability Adviser at the University of St Andrews, says: “We’d like to thank St Andrews Business Club for its contribution to this event and we look forward to this being the first of many events we work on together to promote entrepreneurship in our students and in the local community.”

Free tickets for the event can be booked via The Byre website soon, while Club members should apply to it for ones from its allocation. For full details, go to http://standrewsenterpriseweek.com or the Business Club website at www.standrewsbusinessclub.co.uk.