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Spirax Sarco sponsors Gloucestershire Young Enterprise event

We’ve been helping mould the next generation of business brains by sharing our marketing, financial and product development expertise with young people participating in Gloucestershire’s Young Enterprise Trade Fair 2017.

Spirax Sarco was the main sponsor of this year’s event, which saw teams of students from 18 local schools and colleges meet at Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, to showcase their product ideas to business professionals from companies across the county.

The Trade Fair, which took place on Wednesday 8th March, gave Year 12 students the chance to sell their creations and make valuable business contacts with representatives from companies such as Spirax Sarco, HSBC and Harrison Clark Rickerby solicitors.

Each team received feedback and advice on Sales & Marketing and Product Development & Manufacturing from a variety of experts – including our very own Stephen Dewfall, Paul Channon and Stephen Osborne – before entering the ‘Dragon’s Den’ to pitch their ideas to a panel that included Spirax design studio head Michele Stokes-Sheldon.

Assembled by Young Enterprise, the UK charity established to help young people harness their personal and business skills, the judges were impressed by an innovative range of products and pitches that included aromatherapy candles and ‘upcycled’ denim jackets.

“The standard was excellent,” said a Young Enterprise Gloucestershire Board Member.

“It was great to see so many innovative products being designed, marketed and sold. The buzz in the room was palpable.”

The 2017 Young Enterprise Trade Fair culminated in an awards ceremony, hosted by Ashok D’Sa, which celebrated the best ideas, pitches and marketing prowess.

“Being at events like these demonstrates our commitment as a business to making a positive contribution to our local community,” said Michele Stokes-Sheldon. “Young Enterprise has been a useful recruiting vehicle for the Company in the past, and given the high standard of the students involved in this year’s event we would be lucky if some of them decided to join us in the future!”

Spirax Sarco has been working in partnership with Young Enterprise for over 20 years, providing both monetary contributions and expert advice and guidance.

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