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Young Enterprise students impress the public at Reading Trade Fair

Young Enterprise hosted a Trade Fair at Wyevale Garden Centre, WInnersh on Saturday 12th December 2015, where 7 student companies from 4 schools in Reading showcased their entrepreneurial talents

Students from Reading taking part in Young Enterprise’s Company Programme brought their products and services to the Reading Trade Fair on Saturday 12th December.

Trade Fair Reading 12 Dec 2015

Products on show included a redesigned I-Phone 6 case with built in battery backup, student designed Christmas cards and festive up-cycled candles. The students also faced a round of judging from the Mayor of Earley, Cllr Melanie De Jong on their trade stands and selling techniques.

Jenny Bates, from St. Joseph’s College, said: “We’ve all learnt a lot during this experience. We have developed our team work, communication, time keeping and entrepreneurial skills.  We’ve performed well under pressure and have met deadlines successfully. We’d really recommend this excellent opportunity to anyone who’s offered it. It’s a challenging but worthwhile experience which show off skills that employees really admire”.

Cllr de Jong said: “The customer service and product knowledge of these students has been superb throughout. I have enjoyed very much meeting and speaking with all of the students today”.

Chris Ashworth, Reading Young Enterprise chairman said “we have seen some great trade stands today, including website demonstrations as well as fantastically presented products. The students have seen hundreds of pounds of sales today and it has been a great demonstration of the enterprising spirit of our students in Reading to see so many attending this event. My thanks particularly to our hosts at Wyevale and the volunteer advisors and teachers who make this all possible”.

David Kelf, Wyevale Garden Centre Manager said “Giving students this sort of opportunity is essential for the continued development of Reading. They have had a wonderful time here and I’ve been so impressed with what they have achieved. It is great to have the support once again of the Mayor of Earley for this annual event”.

The students are taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme. As the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity, this year over 25,000 students across the UK are taking part in the Company Programme.

Students set up their own business and run it for an academic year under the guidance of volunteer business mentors.

Schools taking part in Reading are: The Abbey School, Reading Blue Coats, St. Joseph’s College, Kendrick School, Leighton Park School and Highdown School.

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 goes on to represent the UK at the Junior Achievement (JA) Europe Final, against 33 other nations.