A world leader in interactive entertainment and fiction inspired budding tycoons at a Midland college.

Ian Livingstone, co-founder of Games Workshop and co-author of the multi-million-selling Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, shared his tips for success with members of West Nottinghamshire College’s Vision Entrepreneur programme.

The programme was set up to coach would-be business people from the college, local schools and the community through monthly sessions, which include inspirational speakers and tips from industry experts.

The session saw Mr Livingstone – who was made a CBE in the latest New Year Honours List – talk about his role as adviser to the government and the British Council, as well as his position as executive chairman of Eidos, the company behind Tomb Raider.

College principal Asha Khemka OBE said: “To have one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry visit the college and speak about his business endeavours was a real honour.

“Ian’s rise to success is down to a recipe of hard work, determination and a passion for the industry and our audience was truly inspired by his story, which included encouraging them to nurture their own business ideas and concepts.”