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Young Potteries entrepreneurs to test their skills at trade fair

Eight teams of young entrepreneurs battle for the title of Young Enterprise Company of the Year.

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Richard Swancott

Intu Potteries will play host to eight teams of young entrepreneurs as they battle for the title of Young Enterprise Company of the Year.

Around 100 young teenagers, representing six schools and colleges from the region, will be showcasing their products andservices at the annual Young Enterprise North Staffordshire trade fair on February 8th(9am-6pm).

The teams have been building their own businesses since September as part of Young Enterprise’s Company Programme. They have gained practical experience of accounting, marketing, sales, raising finance and product development.

Young Enterprise North Staffordshire Chairman Richard Swancott said: “Last year was a great year for us, so we’re hoping to top that this time around.

“The Trade Fair is a great way for the Company Programme students to gain some vital feedback from local judges.

“The way they perform on the day will contribute to the decision when crowning the Company of the Year award. They will then be tested on their report-writing and presentation skills.

“The eventual winner will represent North Staffordshire at the County Finals in May.”

In North Staffordshire, Young Enterprise is supported by a wide range of companies, including Alton Towers, KMF Precision Engineering, Zebra Consultancy, and Rydale Roofing.

Research has shown that alumni of the Young Enterprise Company and Start-up programmes are almost twice as likely to set up businesses later in life. Alumni also earn a third more than their peers by the age of 30.

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