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Student businesses trade at West Quay Shopping Centre

On Sunday 8th February Young Enterprise companies across Southern and Central areas of Hampshire were offered an exciting opportunity for student businesses to trade at West Quay Shopping Centre alongside 6  schools and colleges. All  pupils pitching their products are taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme in the Hampshire South and Central areas and set up trade stands to entice Sunday shoppers.

Aimed at students aged between 15 and 19, the programme gives them the chance to set up and run their own company for a year, under the guidance of a skilled business mentor. The students elect a board of directors from amongst their peers, raise share capital and market and finance a product or service that they create.

Judges from the Hampshire South and Central Young Enterprise Board visited the stalls throughout the morning where they saw a variety of products being sold from valentine themed gifts to sweets, mugs and sweatshirts and beanie hats. Awards were announced in the early afternoon. Companies were trading for categories including: Best Trade Stand which was won by ‘Dicky T’s’ from Richard Taunton’s College, Southampton and Best Product  won by ‘Standard Attire’ from Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh. The schools and colleges taking part in this year’s Trade Fair in the Hampshire South and Central area are Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh (Standard Attire and Eklipse) ; Richard Taunton’s College, Southampton (Dicky T’s) ; t Vincent’s College, Portsmouth (Your Sweet); Churcher’s School, Petersfield (Eklipse), Oasis Academy Mayfield Southampton (Treattastic); and  Milton Cross School, Portsmouth (MX Enterprise).

At the end of the year, teams take part in the Young Enterprise Company of the Year Awards supported by HSBC, culminating in the prestigious UK Final. The overall winner here goes on to  a tense showdown with 33 other nations at the JA-YE Europe Final in Iceland in July.

Jackie Heggs of the Hampshire South and Central Board for Young Enterprise said “The Young Enterprise Companies are very fortunate to have such a busy and dynamic venue as West Quay to develop their trading skills. The Companies grow in confidence as they learn invaluable customer care skills and develop their communication and team working skills. We are all looking forwards to seeing the end of year business reports from the companies and hearing about their business and trading journey”.