Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Shawlands Academy Glasgow

Today was my last "Who wants to be an Entrepreneur" for this year- with 52 workshops ran since August 2004 and over 9,000 pupils participating - WOW

The Shawlands pupils were magnificent and there was a real atmosphere of excitement and good humour in the school.


Pupils from Knox Academy Haddinton with thier winning poster. Posted by Hello

Monday, December 20, 2004

Knox Academy

Today I was in Haddington at Knox Academy and presented "Who wants to be an Entrepreneur" to around sixty S6 pupils.
This is the second school in East Lothian that I have been too and it was enjoyable to be part of the schools "Determined to Succeed" work

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Grove Academy Dundee

On Friday I had a great time with 120 senior pupils from Grove Academy. The Who wants to be an Entrepreneur programme organised by Dundee City Council Education Department was held at Discovery Point Dundee

As you may know the ship discovery was built in Dundee and used by Captain Scott in his adventures getting to Antartica, it is now a visitor attraction and well worth a visit.

The programme was well received with pupils participating very good infact we all had an enjoyable time learning about entrepreneurship.

Some pupil comments

"wouldn't change a thing - Brilliant" Sarah S6
"Informative - Helpful - Inspiring - Great Interaction with audience"Peter S5
"I really enjoyed learning about entrepreneurs in a fun environment" Wayne S6

Friday, December 10, 2004

Feedback from Preston Lodge High

I received a great message from the pupils at Preston Losge High School in Prestonpans re the "Who wants to be an Entrepreneur" workshop they attended of Friday the 26th of November

Entrepreneur Me!

The “Entrepreneur Me” workshop on Friday was extremely beneficial to both 5th and 6th years. It gave us a real insight into what it is like to become an Entrepreneur but was fun at the same time! Matt was a energetic and motivating person and brightened up our afternoon, while on a more serious not gave us some thought provoking things to think about.
After speaking to fellow pupils, we believe the best part of the workshop was the chance to, in groups, decide a entirely new, inventive use for a product! It really stretched our imaginations and we came up with ideas such as a wooden parrot being used as a look out to see who’s at your door when the door- bell rings!
We all thoroughly enjoyed the amazing opportunity and are extremely thankful to Matt Stewart, for encouraging us all to see that there is an Entrepreneur in everyone!

James Kennedy Posted by Hello

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Make it in Scotland Posted by Hello

Make it in Scotland

James and I have been busy this week at Make it in Scotland Glasgow conducting the motivational icebreaker for 900 S2 pupils- the pupils have been learning about the world of manufacturing and the opportunities available across many industry sectors.
The event organised by Careers Scotland is being conducted throughout Scotland

Friday, December 03, 2004

Enterprising Pupils Win £50

Today I presented three school groups with a prize of £50 each for designing there posters about what it means to be an Entrepreneur.
The three schools were Our Ladys High School / Cumbernauld High / Chryston High

Chryston High Winning Pupil with Lorna Brand and Matt Posted by Hello

Cumbernauld High Pupils Posted by Hello

Our Ladys High Pupils with thier winning poster Posted by Hello

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Cardinal Newman High

Today I was at Cardinal Newman and started the morning with a quick presentation to the Young Enterprise Group of 15 senior pupils - they have lots of ideas re "enterprise opportunities" and have already started trading and making profit. The group are also involved in the share4schools project and are trading shares and building an investment portfolio. All good fun

I then worked with two groups of 80 S3 pupils for two hours each and enjoyed the challenge of catching there attention with enterprise activities - all participated well and the final task of producing the entrepreneur poster was greatly contested.

Tomoorow I am going to the "Towards a Confident Scotland" conference

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Busy Busy Busy

On Thursday I was at Elgin High School. Friday was Preston Lodge High,Prestonpans, today I was at Brannock High School Newarthill all in the name of Encouraging Enterprise. I am learning that the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well in Scotland and our young people have so much potential and creativity that the Determined to Succeed strategy is making a real - measurable - inspirational difference.

Go Scotland.

I also today met with Stephen Ng of Cubic Design - Stephen has been named as the most visionary young person in Scotland and has been working with School Pupils to develop enterprise skills through web site development.

Why not check out Stephens website at and his work with Cardinal Newman school at

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Biggar High School

Today we were thinking Bigger in Biggar (sorry I couldn't resist)
I met the whole of fifth year and presented "Who wants to be an Entrepreneur" to an enthusiastic group of pupils.

Pupils from Biggar High Posted by Hello

Friday, November 19, 2004

Mhairi Clare Hendry from North Lanarkshire Council with Matt and Helen Posted by Hello

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Chryston High

Today I was working with 150 S5/S6 pupils from Chryston High. The school had decided to hold the event at the newly built community hall of Chryston Church - this is a fantastic facility with floor to ceiling windows and great views of the surrounding countryside.
The pupils were magnificent and fully participated in the workshop

Pupil Comments

" Very funny,good information - I learned alot"
"It was good - I am now an official entrepreneur"
"Todays workshop was amazing - really inspirational"
" It taught me to aim high and not to be negative about myself"

When I read all the feedback comments I realise that it is an honour to have the privelage to influence the young people and encourage them to be "determined to succeed"

Chryston Pupils with Matt Posted by Hello

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Enterprise is the Business

Today Matt and Helen were at Motherwell Concert Hall running a spectacular event for 200 P7 pupils from North Lanarkshire. The day was billed as "Enterprise is the business" with 25 teams of eight pupils participating and learning about the world of work and enterprise qualities. We all had great fun with a positive atmosphere, the pupils were excellent and demonstarted that in Lanarkshire we are "Determined to Succeed"

Photos to follow soon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Tuesday 16th November : Cumbernauld High

150 S5 pupils attended the "Who wants to be an Entrepreneur" workshop today and we all had a good time - me teaching what I think is important stuff and the pupils enjoying the process of interaction that the workshop allows.

Pupil Comments

"I thought the workshop was awesome - Matt made it very interesting, I learned alot"
Karen Lamb
The workshop was very good. We learned alot of things. We also learned to believe in ourself" Claire Hunter

Cumbernauld High pupils with Matt Posted by Hello

Monday 15th November

I started National Enterprise Week with a visit to Our Lady's High and worked with 180 S5/S6 pupils delivering the "Who wants to be an Entrepreneur" workshop.
The pupils were very good to work with and gave me great attention and participated very well.

Pupil Comments

"Great workshop,I learned alot about Entrepreneurs and what they do"

"I tought it was very good and entertaining, I realise how easy it is to succeed with a bit of determination" Ross Sneddon

"This has helped me realise my ambitions as others have" Ami Skimming

"Gave me the confidence to succeed and a good laugh" Theresa Camerley

Why not check out the Scottish Executives Enterprise website at


Sunday, November 14, 2004

Matt Stewart Posted by Hello

PSA Conference

I have just returned from the Professional Speakers Association conference that was held on Friday and Saturday in London - the people I met were awesome - speakers from all over the world - I listened to some excellent presentations and formed relationships with like minded inspiring people.