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Young Apprentice winner judges London’s budding business stars at Old Spitalfields Market


Ashleigh Porter-Exley









4th February 2013

The winner of BBC’s Young Apprentice will be taking on Lord Sugar’s role at Young Enterprise’s Pan London Trade Fair at Old Spitalfields Market on February 13th.

Ashleigh Porter-Exley will judge the trading skills of 200 students competing at the huge fair, along with finalists Lucy Beauvallet and Patrick McDowell, and semi-finalist Steven Cole.

More than 40 Young Enterprise student companies will be competing for trade and glory, selling products from vegetable planting kits to unisex bow ties.  They will also be  trying to win prizes for Best Trade Stand, Best Sales Person, Best Sales Team, Most Innovative Product and Best Overall Company.

Volunteers from Deutsche Bank and Young Enterprise alumnus Nick Troen, founder and co-Director of Mexican food chain Poncho 8, will be joining the judges and sponsoring awards.

All the students pitching their products at Old Spitalfields Market are taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme. Aimed at students aged between 15 and 19, the programme gives them the chance to set up and run their own company for a year, under the guidance of a skilled business mentor.

The students elect a board of directors from amongst their peers, raise share capital and market and finance a product or service that they create. During an intense 12-month period they trade at shopping centres and markets all over London. Old Spitalfields Market is seen as the most prestigious trading location.

At the end of the year, teams take part in the HSBC Innovation Awards competition culminating in a glittering London final. The winners go on to the prestigious national UK final and a tense showdown with 33 other nations at the European final. Last year, nearly 4,000 London youngsters took part in the Company Programme.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity. Every year we help 225,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in 5,000 schools, colleges and universities under the guidance of volunteers from 3,500 companies.

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Notes to Editors

For more information on the event, contact: Anthony Swatton, London Area Manager, Young Enterprise

T: +44  (0) 7967 306 876



For more information on Old Spitalfields Market, contact Michael Saxton or Rafal Kwiatkowski, Grappa PR

T: +44 (0) 203 005 4867

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Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom’s largest business and enterprise education charity. Together, we are building a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise.


Old Spitalfields Market is a premier London attraction offering an impressive array of art, fashion, gifts, antiques and food outlets via its market stalls, shops and restaurants. Built in 1876, it is one of the finest surviving Victorian Market Halls in the capital.

Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW. 020 7247 8556. Underground via: Liverpool Street and Aldgate East.

Twitter: @oldspitalfields