Inspiring words from bright duo

Advice: Dawood Fard

Advice: Dawood Fard

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Budding entrepreneurs at Preston’s College have been given a glimpse of what the future could hold by two of the county’s most inspiring young businessmen.

Dawood Fard, 26, and Sam Marsh, 23, visited the College as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and inspired learners with their stories of success.

Dawood is the creator of international student applications system, Centurus, which is used in over 160 UK universities and colleges, 950 international agencies, and supports more than 30,000 international student applications every year.

He delivered a presentation to business and IT learners about his journey, which has most recently seen Centurus take the Best Digital prize at the Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards 2014.

Sam is the founder and managing director of fitness equipment company Jigsaw Fitness, which develops and supplies equipment to organisations including Fitness First, and is now in partnership with Exigo UK.

Sam spoke with sports students at the College about his innovative Jigsaw Flipper equipment, a high intensity interval training device which was been snapped up by Rugby League giants Wigan Warriors.

Both Centurus and Jigsaw Fitness are based in Preston and Dawood and Sam are graduates of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan.)

Mandy Parkinson, enterprise and commercial manager at Preston’s College, added: “The idea of these events is to inspire and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and communicate to our students that their ambitions are in reach.”