Patrick Cantellow on entrepreneurship & empowering young people in Swale

Starting a business has certainly been an alien world to me, and without the support of endless Googling and my experience with working with charities it would not have been possible. If only there was a group of other like minded and knowledgable individuals who could have helped me. Well, that’s what we’re up to! To join our Young Ambassadors Network here at Swale Young People, we have teamed up with Ideas Test to launch the Young Entrepreneurs Network.

Swale Young People CIC changes the lives of young people in Swale by improving their employability and promoting community cohesion, we do this by giving free access to our Young Ambassador Network (YAN), here they will access the best, and some exclusive, opportunities and volunteering around Swale and the UK. Working with Ideas Test, we will empower young people aged 16 to 25 to start their own business and share knowledge with those who have knowledge in the sector.

Kent Messenger recently released their Top 30 of Kent’s brightest young minds which includes the likes of Ben Towers who, aged just 17, employs 15 members of staff, and Becky Campbell who manages budgets of up to £100,000. These are inspiring people who we are reaching out to and who will speak at our events and meetings.

We have also reached out to The Kent Investors Network which invests between £100K to £500K in business start-ups. We are looking forward to welcoming a speaker from the Investors Network who will be giving out some hints and tips from securing an investment to pursing a business idea.

The Young Entrepreneurs Network will include Brian Condon, a locally-based business leader and investor with lots of experience of building networks and partnerships as well as working with creative people who are trying to start new businesses.

We’re looking forward to setting up the Young Entrepreneurs Network and meeting with people in the area! To find out more contact @SwaleYPeople on twitter or email

Patrick Cantellow founded Swale Young People aged just 16, born and bred in Swale he decided to do something about the lack of things to do for young people in the area.