Manchester 6th Formers inspired about entrepreneurship

13 April 2016

After their talk recently, William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester sent in a short piece about their experience hosting Wendy Hallett, Founder and Managing Director of Hallett Retail:



Through the Speakers for Schools organisation Wendy Hallett came up from her Head Office in London to speak to our year 13 students. Wendy founded Hallett Retail Services in 1999 creating the opportunity for brands to be marketed in large Department stores such as Debenhams and House of Frazer. This brought the mix of jewellery, accessories and fashion all together under one roof. The business has now developed an e commerce sector called efulfilment. The business has a warehouse in Manchester and now has a multi-million pound turnover.

Wendy spoke about her journey through life and how she has made the most of any opportunity that has come her way. She stressed the importance of any sort of work experience in developing skills and ideas that can be used in the future. After University there are many excellent Graduate Training Schemes that aim to fast track graduates into management positions. Wendy trained on one of these and ran the Oxford Circle Topshop and became an area manager by the time she was thirty. Two main lessons she learnt were that people are the key to success and if you have a setback, learn from it and be sure to carry on.

It is a massive challenge to set up your own business but it is amazing, rewarding and gives you the freedom to work how, when and where you want.

By getting work experience you can make the most of every opportunity and build up a strong network of contacts that may be useful in the future.

Her final message was to be courageous, be passionate and live life to the full.

A question and answer session followed and some students took the initiative to come and speak to Wendy personally.

Many thanks to Wendy for giving up her time to encourage our sixth formers and to try to give them the confidence to build a future, be successful and be proud of their achievements.

Our own thanks go to William Hulme’s Grammar School for hosting and submitting this piece and to Wendy Hallett for giving what was clearly a fantastic talk.