Co-founder and CEO of ASOS talks bold ideas and business at the Bexley Business Academy

20 February 2014

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Nick Robertson, the co-founder and CEO of one of Britain’s leading online fashion retailers, ASOS, gave his second Speakers for Schools talk of this academic year speaking in Kent.

Speaking on the importance of bold ideas when setting up and building a new business, Nick gave a broad talk to an audience of 200 students at the Bexley Business Academy. When making the application to Speakers for Schools Teacher Daniel Mehaffey was hoping for a figure able to “open a world of experience and opportunity to our young people”.

Nick took to the challenge beginning his talk discussing the prospects for young people entering the job market today. Using the success of ASOS as an example business model for future entrepreneurs, the presentation moved to consider how the internet can be used to tap into consumers and markets both within and beyond the UK.

Aside from addressing the future entrepreneurs in the audience, Nick talked about careers in the digital industry for those who haven’t yet decided on a clear direction for themselves; pointing at the growth of jobs in the digital industry as an illustration of the prospects this growing field offers to students considering their options.

Students at Bexley Business got involved throwing questions towards Nick in his Q&A session following his talk with a series of insightful questions on making mistakes in business, marking your product apart and how to challenge your competitors in the market.

Speakers for Schools has enjoyed watching Nick enthuse students about ASOS and the digital industry as a whole and we look forward to enabling more schools to benefit next Academic Year.