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Setting sail with Young Enterprise

60 teams of budding entrepreneurs set up show on the Isle of Wight Ferry

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The teams aboard the Wight ferry

Around 60 budding young entrepreneurs took to the high seas earlier this month, where they showed off their wares on board a Wightlink ferry.

Nine teams from Young Enterprise teamed-up for the second year running to host a floating Christmas trade fair for Island students taking part in this year’s prestigious Young Enterprise business competition.

The youngsters all boarded the St Clare ferry, where they sold greetings cards, seasonal confectionery and novelty gifts and also got the chance to visit the ship’s bridge as guests of the skipper.

Young Enterprise is a not-for-profit business and education charity which operates in schools throughout the UK, encouraging young people aged between 16 and 18 to learn about running a business by experiencing it first hand.

The young people that take part are challenged to set up and run their own company for one year, designing, marketing and selling a product in an attempt to generate profits.

The young people were on board for six crossings in all and raised around £1,000 which they will re-invest in their companies.

Teams from the IW College, the IW College sixth form, The Island Innovation VI Form Campus, Christ the King College, Ryde School, Cowes Enterprise College, Sandown Bay Academy and St Catherine’s, Ventnor, took part in the event.

Doug Stephen, chairman of Young Enterprise IW, said: “It went very well. Every young person who took part was talking very highly about what a great experience it was.”


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