What a month it’s been! Firstly, our latest Thrive Hub at Ocean Crescent in Plymouth City Centre is open for viewings and will be available for occupation in September. Secondly, we were delighted to be lead sponsors at the Plymouth Business Show organised by the Chamber of Commerce. Thirdly, following legal completion we have made our exciting announcements regarding the future of The Derriford Ship building, The Spirit of Enterprise.

With all that happening, it would have been easy to gloss over some other exciting news that I am personally very proud of and represents an important milestone for Thrive. Last month saw Thrive appoint our first graduate recruit from Plymouth University. Gemma Smith joins us in the role of Marketing Assistant and will be based in our Exeter Enterprise Hub. This appointment is important for two reasons. Firstly, we are delighted to have Gemma on board adding to our in-house marketing delivery capability but secondly; it signals the start of what I hope will be a mutually beneficial relationship with Plymouth University.

Historically, when dealing with educational or public sector institutions, there are perceptions that it is hard to get hold of the right people or the process with be cumbersome. Nothing could be further from the truth in our experience. Remy (Graduate & Internship Project Manager) and his team, were a pleasure to deal with and starting with a simple, structured job specification, they were able to find the ideal match quickly and help arrange interviews, paperwork etc. Plymouth University is in partnership with Santander, who offer a university partnership programme, which gives support to SME’s across the UK. We really can’t rate this experience highly enough and we are looking forward to our next recruitment whether that be in our team or assisting one of our Thrive customers to add to their team.

The other misconception out there is the employment opportunities, or lack of, for our young people leaving school, college or university. If we believed everything that we read or hear in the media, we’d be forgiven for thinking that there were limited job opportunities and a generation of people would be struggling to find work. Even though there are industries and regions where such challenges do exist, the risk is that this misconception becomes self fulfilling and we end up with a generation of well qualified and ambitious young people who believe that there is very little out there.

At Thrive we believe in small business growth and trust our long-standing history of entrepreneurism in the UK. However, as businesses we need to work closely with schools, colleges and universities to “play our part” and safeguard the future of business growth. Hosting or attending events, assisting with interviews or CV writing, presenting awards, offering internships or placements are just some of the ways we can play our part and show the next generation that the opportunity is out there and very achievable.

If you have graduate recruitment needs or would like to support the University careers activity, please get in touch with the Catalyst team at Plymouth University to see how you can play your part. Contact them via email catalyst@plymouth.ac.uk or by calling 01752 587773.

If you want to know more about Thrive and our group of business, please contact us.  We’d love to see where we can help you to thrive!

Have a great week!

Ray (Managing Director, Thrive Hubs)

Read more from Gemma’s alumni profile on the Plymouth University website.