Young Enterprise Students Light-Up at Maylords Shopping Centre
Student companies from across Herefordshire attended the Young Enterprise Trade Fair at Maylords Shopping Centre, Hereford on Saturday 9th March.
Students from six companies at schools including Kingstone High School, Hereford Sixth Form College, Herefordshire College of Technology and John Masefield were given the opportunity to test their retail skills to the limit as they sold their products to the general public. Judges from local businesses awarded prizes on the day to the best companies.
The team from Hereford Sixth Form College, Hands on Accessories, won Best Company with their vintage tea cup candles. They will now go on to compete at the Herefordshire Company of the Year Competition.
Their Link Teacher Majella White said: “I am extremely proud of the team. They have worked tremendously hard over the past few months, and developed a product that is innovative, highly desirable and at the same time eco-friendly.
“Some members of the team now hope to go on and study Business and Entrepreneurship at University, and their experience of Young Enterprise will stand them in great stead for the future.”
The Managing Director of Hands on Accessories Scott Johnston said: “The whole experience of Young Enterprise has been an extremely fun and enjoyable way to learn skills that will be relevant to us all in the future.”
Young Enterprise is a registered charity that delivers enterprise education to students all over the country. Company Programme, its flagship learning experience, is a live business scenario devised to teach young people the skills for successful entrepreneurship.
Company Programme starts at the beginning of the academic year when the students participating are required to form their own business. They nominate each other for appropriate roles within their Young Enterprise company such as a Managing Director for example. Sharing responsibilities, it is then up to the team to develop and manufacture a service or product and literally take it to market with the guidance of volunteer business advisers from local companies.
Kirsty Sockett, Young Enterprise manager for the area said: “Although Young Enterprise Company Programme is a competition it is about much more than merely competing with other participating schools. It encourages team building, innovation, communication and other important skills.
“It is really about equipping our young people with transferable skills that will be useful to them in later life. There has never been a more critical time for us in the UK to support, encourage and nurture enterprise in our schools. It is fantastic that we have the support from Maylords to allow the students to gain valuable sales and customer service experience.”