John Mather Trust Business Plan workshops / by Martyna Maz

Even though I've already finished with the City of Glasgow College I still managed to apply for another of their great opportunities. This time the stakes are really high as £20,000 became available to the CoGC students with a business idea via the John Mather Trust. 

In order to help students prepare to write a valuable business plan the college organized a couple of workshops. 
The first one was a weekend away with a group of other applicants where we engaged in a lot of outdoor activities, all testing our team work and providing hints on individual skills in group situations. 

And that was when I climbed my first tree! 

Very challenging personally and to be honest I wouldn't have achieved that if it wasn't for the group assigned to me. They encouraged me to try and push my fears aside so I made it through the tasks and somehow we even managed to win the workshops by gathering the most points for the outdoor tasks, as well as preparing a quick business idea for the Dounans Centre, Aberfoyle where it all took place. 

Apart from having James Wilson from the CoGC on our side (and taking part in most challenging activities!) the other organizers that provided support in the picturesque Trossachs National Park were guys from two helpful organizations - ELEVATOR and BRIDGE 2 BUSINESS. 

ELEVATOR is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees of today and tomorrow. We do this by providing expert business advice, quality office space, and encouraging entrepreneurship and enterprising behaviour through a range of projects and events across Scotland. 
THE BRIDGE TO BUSINESS [part of Young Enterprise Scotland] programme offers college students first hand opportunities to engage with appropriate entrepreneurial role models. Role models who are relevant to college students who have an interest in setting up their own business now or in the future or for those who are looking to take enterprise skills to their workplace.

And of course, I was taking photos - see what we got up to below ;)

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