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Budding business stars for garden centre trade fair

It’s really about equipping our young people with transferable skills

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Ed Webb (left) at the 2013 Young Enterprise fair presenting students Chris Bishton and Tom Andrews of Hashtag Reco from North Bromsgrove High with the award for sales and marketing.

BUDDING Worcestershire business stars will be pitching their products to the public at Webbs Garden Centre at Wychbold, near Droitwich on Saturday, March 8.

More than a dozen Young Enterprise companies representing schools from Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Droitwich be setting up their pitches for the first time in a trade fair which runs from 10am to 4pm.

Sir Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire will open the event, which will see students put their retail skills to the test. Julia Neale, Young Enterprise area manager, said: “Naturally all the students participating are hoping to sell as much as they can but the objectives behind Young Enterprise are much broader than financial success.

It’s really about equipping our young people with transferable skills that will be useful to them in later life.”

Webbs chairman,Ed Webb,added: “I’m really looking forward to meeting the Young Enterprise teams and seeing their products. As a company Webbs is committed to supporting worthwhile local projects and are very happy to encourage these business entrepreneurs in the world of retail.”

Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest enterprise education charity. The Company Programme, its flagship learning experience, is for students aged 15 to 19 and starts at the beginning of the academic year. Participating students form their own business, then develop and market a service or product.

Students from Bromsgrove School, North Bromsgrove High, South Bromsgrove High, St Augustine’s High School, Redditch, Heathfield School, Kidderminster, Droitwich Spa High, Bishop Perowne Performing Arts College, Worcester , King’s School Worcester and Royal Grammar School Worcester will be attending.

The new businesses will be selling a wide variety of products from home decorations and handmade candles to cake stands and wooden door plaques.

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