Young Enterprise Gives Emily The Green Light For Business Idea

Posted on the 30 September 2010

Young Enterprise Gives Emily The Green Light For Business Idea

A former secretary has left behind her desk job in favour of her own coaching business after her enterprise spark was lit by enterprise education provider Young Enterprise North East (YENE).

Twenty-three-year-old Emily Keep from Jesmond, Newcastle quit her job as a senior secretary nine weeks ago and has seen her new business coaching company – Green Stag Solutions –go from concept to launch in just six weeks.

Emily, who completed the YENE Company Programme – where pupils set up and run their own trading business in an academic year - whilst at school five years ago, says she wouldn’t have had the confidence to set up the business without the enterprise course.

Green Stag Solutions director Emily Keep said: “I left education and tried to work in the corporate world but it just wasn’t for me. Enterprise and the urge to want to set up my own business got the better of me and so I left my full time job to concentrate on setting up Green Stag Solutions and working for myself.

“Young Enterprise North East certainly lit that enterprise spark for me and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the encouragement and inspiration from the business volunteers.”

Green Stag Solutions is a personal and business coach and motivational speaking service which helps people overcome barriers and achieve goals. It also has an organisational arm, where Emily helps people de-clutter and reorganise their home after specific life events such as bereavement or children leaving home or people who just want to re-organise their wardrobes.

Emily has already built strong client relationships including business professionals and an international athlete. Emily says she wishes to expand her business by doing coaching sessions in schools and recruiting staff so she can outsource her services.

After graduating with a music degree and performing in some of the nation’s top venues, Emily set up the business understanding the pressure that comes from performing at high levels and maintaining a balanced life. Emily completed a life coaching course at Newcastle College and is now studying for her neuro linguistic programming certificate and a coaching and mentoring course from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Emily said: “Young Enterprise North East opened my eyes to the highs and lows of running a small business as well as developing skills such as teamwork, creating brand identity and working with the public.

“The skills I learned during the Young Enterprise Programme were very influential in my decision to set up my business, hence the reason I now want to take my business coaching skills into schools to help young people succeed. It is crucial for students to interact with members of the business community to understand how the local economy is fuelled.”

Young Enterprise North East chief executive Catherine Marchant said: “With such a great success story, Emily is a role model and a positive result of Young Enterprise’s work throughout the region. Emily plans to give something back to Young Enterprise by promoting enterprise in the North East and delivering programmes within schools.”

The Young Enterprise North East Company Programme aims to teach and inspire young people to develop creative and successful business ideas. North East business people volunteer their time to mentor those participating. The programme creates an important link between young people and successful business leaders so that knowledge, skills and contacts can be passed on.

Emily is also an affiliate of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.