Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Old Girl Caroline Helps Girls to Aim High

Year 12 pupils at Bolton School Girls’ Division received expert business tips and motivation from Old Girl Caroline Plumb, as part of a Business Enterprise and Skills Training Day.

Successful businesswoman Caroline is Co-founder and CEO of FreshMinds Group, the business she co-founded in September 2000 straight after graduating from Oxford University. As keynote speaker on the day, Caroline spoke to the girls about her own career and passed on tips and advice to help them succeed in the future.

Caroline’s company today consists of three agencies employing over 100 fulltime staff, and was named one of The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work for 2010. FreshMinds Research is a leading research consultancy, twice-winner of the Market Research Society’s Best Agency award. FreshMinds Talent is a recruitment business specialising in high-fliers within strategy and research. The newest group company is FreshNetworks, founded in 2008 and already one of the UK’s leading social media agencies with 35 employees and numerous awards. In 2010 Caroline was appointed by the Prime Minister as one of the UK’s 30 Business Ambassadors. She also sits on the board of the Saïd Business School in Oxford, and on the advisory panel for the £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund.

The day was part of the careers programme for the girls, and also included workshops and seminars with local Business leaders. Old Boy Matthew Fray and Sarah Frith from KPMG led a workshop on ‘Leadership and Making an Impact’, Stephanie Foster from Rivington Associates ran ‘Working Together for a Successful Partnership’ and David Bradley from Milliken led a ‘Communication and Negotiation’ session. Each session included a theoretical element followed by a practical exercise. Girls also worked on structuring a business plan and cash flow forecast with Business teachers.

The day helped girls develop the skills to be the business leaders of the future.

Business Enterprise and Skills Training Day

Old Girl Caroline Plumb advised girls on how to be successful in business

Business Enterprise and Skills Training Day

Girls took part in workshops with local businesses (above is Old Boy Matthew Fray from KPMG)

Business Enterprise and Skills Training Day