City law firm helps local young entrepreneurs explore business world


Volunteers from Allen & Overy law firm ran three workshops at their Spitalfields headquarters during the school holiday with Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.

The workshops for the Years 10 to 12 from St Paul’s Way Trust School in Bow Common were about being an entrepreneur, how to overcome barriers and how to pitch to a professional audience.

“It’s great that the students are honing these skills at such an early stage,” Allen & Overy associate Joanna Pennick said.

“They’ll be able to make use of them back at school and use them at university and in their careers.”

The workshops were part of a Subjects in the City programme by the City Corporation to match teachers from inner London boroughs with business volunteers working in the Square Mile.

This links curriculum subjects to the world of commerce with resources and lesson plans.

Tower Hamlets Partnership’s Rebecca Wood said: “The experiences gained by St Paul’s Way pupils gave them insights into what it takes to be successful — and no doubt will help their future career aspirations.”

The partnerships with businesses helps students “learn more, do more and become more” in the programme bridging the gap between classroom and the office.