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Reflecting on our visit from the young enterprise guys | November 21, 2009

It was great to have the young enterprise guys come visit, although it was equal parts informing and disappointing.

The attitude we seem to be taking in our team is that even though we know we have a time limit on this business, we should treat it like a real business. We are pushing hard and not looking for easy routes to profit or turnover. Its an idea we all love and support, and even if we never make it to launch, I really believe that we will have learned an enormous amount from the experience. However, the guys from young enterprise seemed to suggest that because this wasnt a ‘real’ business they could justify some ridiculous rules about how we can operate our businesses. Ultimately, the only reason this isnt a real business is all these limits they chose to impose upon us. I’m not particularly bothered by this, I personally feel like we can set the rules ourselves as long as we don’t behave stupidly, but because we are being very ambitious with Tshaped it was a bit disheartening to hear 2 guys come in and suggest to us that the way to make money is selling tights and pencils. I’m really not bothered about turning a profit, I’m involved in this course and this project because i want to learn new and relevant skills for the next chapter in my life, and I don’t believe that selling tights and pencils is the way to get them.

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Joe Peach is an Artist and Designer based in London, UK. At present, he is studying Sustainable Communities and the Creative Economy at Postgraduate level in Kingston University.

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