Ellesmere Port was the main centre for West Cheshire College’s annual student conference.
The event was described as ‘an inspiring day designed to help students develop their entrepreneurial skills and creative thinking’.
Keynote speaker was 24 year old entrepreneur Fraser Doherty who set up ‘SuperJam’ at 14 using his Gran’s jam recipes.
After selling his produce at farmers’ markets and to delicatessens, he developed a method of producing jam 100% from fruit and now supplies over 2,000 supermarkets around the world including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose in countries including Australia and Russia.
Sarah-Jane Wiggins, student president at the college, said: “The theme for this year’s student conference was enterprise and the main purpose was to inspire creative thinking and to encourage students to think outside of the box.
“We were delighted to welcome Fraser to the event as our keynote speaker to share his story with students about the creation of SuperJam and many other products that he has developed.”
Students from across the college attended the conference and also took part in workshops throughout the day to develop enterprise skills.
Fraser added: “I am always delighted to share my story with young people.
“Events like the one at West Cheshire College are a fantastic way of encouraging students to give their ideas a shot.
“When I was a student I was inspired by the stories of other entrepreneurs.
“In the same way I hope that by hearing the story of how I grew SuperJam, students will see that what can start as a simple idea can grow into something amazing, something that changes your life, gives you a career and maybe a chance to give back to your community.”