Our Story

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION TO THINK BIGGER SINCE 2015.

Our Story

In 2015, Kieran Aitken established Orbit in Scotland. We were incorporated as a Social Enterprise (Company Limited by Guarantee) on December 23rd 2015.

Our first programme supported thirteen Orbiteers from three schools. Now, we’re supporting 600 hundred Orbiteers per month across 10 cities and 100 schools.

PRE-HISTORIC (BEFORE ORBIT)

Dinosaurs are roaming around in the education sector. They wear suits, have really bad breath, pay themselves six-figure salaries, and call themselves “CEOs”.

They deliver workshops to school students on CV skills, and use their secret weapon: Boredom. The students fall asleep, and the teachers groan about spending hundreds of pounds and hours of their time administrating the programme in the first place.

MAY 2015

On the 18th May 2015, Orbit’s Gaffer, Kieran Aitken, was in the waiting room of a factory in Glasgow. While waiting to meet the factory owner, a phone-call went off between the receptionist and billionaire Sir Tom Hunter’s assistant. Kieran overheard the call and learned that Sir Tom was due to visit the same factory two days later. Kieran went there that day, hid behind Sir Tom’s car, and pitched the idea of Orbit to him in the car park.

JUNE 2015

Sir Tom loved the idea for Orbit (we think!) and gave us some starting capital, advice, and access to some friends in RBS who helped us get started.

On the 23rd December 2015, Orbit was born. Legend has it that a bright star shone above our lawyer’s office on the day of our birth.

FEBRUARY 2016

So we got to work and the first three schools signed up to the programme. We opened the doors for our Glasgow Gaff in 2015, and the first 13 Orbiteers received our package of support.

JUNE 2016

Our group of initial Orbiteers finished the course, and Sir Tom gave the concluding remarks and shared some words of wisdom with our Orbiteers.

SEPTEMBER 2016

The first programme was a great success and we wanted to do more. So, we got fifteen schools to participate in the next programme and we supported 60 Orbiteers. Some of the Orbiteers in this cohort earned well over five-figure sums from their businesses.

NOVEMBER 2016

The Scottish Government were told about our work. The business minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, popped in and met with our Orbiteers.

DECEMBER 2016

We hosted “The Life Story of Lord Haughey OBE”, a self-made multi-millionaire entrepreneur from Glasgow. He shared some remarks and then met with our Orbiteers in person.

FEBRUARY 2017

Our team started to grow. We hired a Finance Director, a Programme Director, a Programme Administrator, and two school relationship managers. 

SEPTEMBER 2017

By now, the word of Orbit was spreading across the school system. We worked with another 100 Orbiteers in 2017 from over 20 schools in Glasgow alone.

SEPTEMBER 2017

We needed a Gaff for our team to work from.So we got an amazing deal on an office in Glasgow. It was on the 10th Floor of one of Glasgow’s tallest buildings, and had views across the city. We won several awards this year.

OCTOBER 2017

Our Edinburgh Gaff opened in 2017 and began working with the first 60 Orbiteers from ten schools across Edinburgh. Steve Ponton was appointed as the Programme Gaffer, and EY became our partners in the region.

NOVEMBER 2017

We wanted more billionaires (who wouldn’t?) to meet our Orbiteers, so we hosted “The Life Story of Jim McColl OBE” in November 2017. Hundreds of Orbiteers across Scotland attended the event. 

MARCH 2018

We spoke with our good friends at RBS and Natwest and told them about our plans to branch into England. Our Manchester, Birmingham, and London Gaffs launched later that year and we’re now supporting another 200 Orbiteers per month in the UK’s three largest cities.

NOVEMBER 2018

Our revolution is now well and truly underway across UK schools. Our programme has supported hundreds of Orbiteers, and is set to work with thousands more. 

JANUARY 2019

Boyd Tunnock CBE, who manages one of the UK’s best known confectionery brands (“Tunnocks”) agreed to sponsor Orbiteers around the UK to participate on Orbit’s Programme. Mr Tunnock is 87 years old and still arrives at the office at 7am every morning for work!

FEBRUARY 2019

Our programmes keep growing. We held Skype sessions between each of our Gaffs, allowing Orbiteers from across the country to expand their networks.

MARCH 2019

We hosted the Life Story of Charlie Flynn in our Glasgow Gaff, with Orbiteers, sponsors, and teachers from across Scotland attending the event.

Charlie is one of Scotland’s best known boxers, and won the lightweight gold medal at Glasgow 2014.

APRIL 2019

We’ve been nominated for our second award of the year. We’re finalists in the “Socially Inclusive Business Award 2019” category. Wish us luck!

JUNE 2019

ORDAAAAA!

We’re delighted to have the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP visit our London programme later this year. You can see the press release here.

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Orbit Enterprise Education Ltd. is a registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee (Social Enterprise) in Scotland. SC523144.