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Budding entrepreneurs bring their businesses to Gracechurch with Young Enterprise

"The trade fair gives young adults a fantastic opportunity to market their products to a mass audience."


Dynamic Kingsbury school

Teenage entrepreneurs from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and the wider area, will take over The Gracechurch Centre this Saturday 22nd March as they battle it out to be the ‘Young Enterprise Company of the Year’.

Previous winners of Birmingham North Young Enterprise ‘Dynamic’ from Kingsbury School, Erdington.

The budding Alan Sugars are running their own companies in the 2014 Young Enterprise competition for school teams, and will be putting their business skills to the test in front of real customers on the shopping centre’s malls.

Each group is being given the opportunity to produce and sell from stalls in the centre. Some of the business ideas this year include Dyemension, a tye dye T-shirt company from Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, Euphoric from Kingsbury School and Sports College, who are selling clock books and Aures from King Edward VI Aston, who will be selling mood lights.

Fiona Faizey, marketing manager at The Gracechurch Centre comments: “We are very proud to give the Young Enterprise teams the opportunity to sell their brilliant creations to the public – being a local shopping centre we really are the perfect platform for it!

“The Young Enterprise trade fair gives young adults a fantastic opportunity to market their products to a mass audience. The teams competing are learning some great skills – teamwork, leadership, organisation and communication. We wish them all the best and hope our shoppers will show their support on the day!”

The initiative sees students set up and run a real firm for a year under the guidance of a business volunteer. They do everything from raising the initial share capital through to designing and making their products or selling directly to customers.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise education charity, founded in 1963 to forge links between schools and local businesses. Its mission is to inspire and educate young people to understand and value the role of business through practical business projects that develop attitudes and skills for personal success, lifelong learning and employability.

The teams’ stalls will be at the centre from 9.00am to 5.00pm. All money made from sales will go back into the students’ businesses.


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