Sarah Hopkins, managing director of Storage King, which is based at Battlefield in Shrewsbury, is acting as a mentor for county students as part of their business studies.
Sarah, who now owns five storage centres across central England, is advising sixth form pupils from Shrewsbury High School as part of their ‘Young Enterprise’ programme.
“This is a great initiative to get students interested in becoming entrepreneurs and I am delighted to be involved for the fourth year running,” commented Sarah, who is currently celebrating a decade in business.
Earlier this year the High School girls designed and crafted personalised hand painted clocks made from re-cycled items as part of their programme. Their ‘TickTock Enterprise’ company sold its unique products in Shrewsbury’s Market Hall and at craft fairs and other local events, as well as to fellow pupils.
Sarah has been so impressed with the work ethic and ideas of the students that she offered two of them work during their summer holidays and one still works with her on occasions at Storage King.
One of the girls, Millie Ward, aged 17, from Shrewsbury acts as managing director for the TickTock Enterprise and commented: “Being given the opportunity to work at Storage King in the summer gave myself and fellow student Posey Mehta, from Bishops Castle, the day to day experience of actually working for a company enabling us to help develop the skills and attitude needed to become successful in business.”
Business Link teacher at Shrewsbury High School, Marion Rumble, added: “The support of local business people like Sarah with their ideas, experience and enthusiasm is essential to the success of the Young Enterprise scheme.
“Sarah has been constantly involved with a very ‘hands on’ approach and has created a very positive working relationship with the girls.”