30.01.14 - Rescue Entrepreneur Swaps Surf for School

An enterprising entrepreneur swapped the sunshine and surf of Australia’s east coast for the classroom as part of Ockbrook School’s ‘Enterprise Day’, marking the achievements of British business at home and abroad.

Guest speaker Ross Kemp is founder of ASAP Water Crafts and star of BBC Three’s ‘Be Your Own Boss’. He has just returned from a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip to Australia, organised by Sir Richard Branson. The 20,000 mile round trip gave Ross the opportunity to test his rescue craft concept with some of the best lifeguards in the world.

Andrew Walsh, Head of Key Stage 4 at Ockbrook School and organiser of Enterprise Day says: “Enterprise Day is all about getting our students to consider the role of enterprise and the importance to society of having successful British firms competing both here and overseas. Ross showed us just what can be achieved if you have a great idea and have the belief, drive and passion to push it forward. His is a great story and we all felt energised by how his idea has been recognised by one of the greatest entrepreneurs of recent times.”

Ross continues: “What has happened to me has been truly incredible. I’ve received invaluable advice and guidance from Richard Reed, one of the founders of Innocent Smoothies, and subsequently Sir Richard Branson. It just shows what can be achieved and that the true spirit of the entrepreneur is alive and well in the UK. It has been a real privilege to tell my story today and I hope it will serve to inspire Ockbrook’s students to achieve great things.”
Ross was joined as guest speaker by Charlotte Ball, a former Ockbrook School Head Girl. Charlotte joined Boots the Chemist on its graduate programme and is now employed at the company’s head office in Nottingham.

Charlotte explains: “It’s important that young people understand the role of enterprise in the success of the UK economy. Ross’ story is amazing and demonstrates how a simple idea can be a great business opportunity. I am working for one of the most recognisable names on the high street, which started as a single shop in Nottingham. Who knows, perhaps the school’s Enterprise Day will inspire future generations of entrepreneurs! “