Milton Keynes Trade Fair: Highlights
Taking place for the 19th successive year, 36 teams from across Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire came together at Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes, by kind invitation of The Centre MK. Trading started slowly and picked up at the teams found their confidence and courage to approach customers.
This year’s products included keyrings and coasters made from crisp packets, individually designed hoodies, eco gardens, unique photographs and paintings hand made by the student company as well as teams providing a service such as ‘You Mental Health’, ‘Teens Meet Jobs’ and ‘Relaxi’ with their advice on reducing stress.
The competitive element of the day saw the teams competing in four categories: Best Customer Service, supported by Mirus IT Solutions, a well known IT support company based in Milton Keynes and are recognised as leaders in their filed for providing proactive and strategic IT services and support. Sales Director, Dan Sharp, observed, “Great customer service is an integral part of Mirus IT and it is good to see so many of the student companies practicing positive customer service skills today”.
Best Product supported by Expandly Limited and its founder, Alan Wilson. Expandly Limited are a cloud-based multichannel management software platform that enables online sellers to easily integrate their online shopping function. Alan judged the category personally and said, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to judge and sponsor. It is a great project which I truly support simply for the benefit of everyone. We need youngsters to push themselves and these skills are a valuable asset”.
Best Trade Stand supporter was WH Ireland Wealth Management Ltd, again a Milton Keynes based firm whose Business Development Director, Steve Hutchings, has been an advocate of YE for a number of years and who took on the role of Chair of Judges this year. With their firm belief in building effective working relationships based on trust, he was keen to see that the students demonstrated integrity in trading their products.
It was great to be able to welcome Halo Coffee as supporter of the Environmental Awareness Awards. Their belief that young people are a catalyst for change and to trade in a way that is best for the world helped shaped the criteria for this category.
1st Teen Meet Jobs – Milton Keynes Academy
2nd Card Dog – Aylesbury Grammar School
3rd Dynasty – Ken Stimpson Community School
1st – Sleep Ezzze – Milton Keynes Academy
2nd Play IT – Milton Keynes Academy
3rd Focus – Sir John Lawes School
1st – Eco Cosmetics –Watford Girls Grammar School
2nd – Prosperity – Kimbolton School
3rd – KrispyKrafts – Kingsthorpe School
1st – Card Dog – Aylesbury Grammar
2nd – You Mental Health – Hazeley Academy
3rd – Prosperity – Kimbolton School
1st Card Dog – Aylesbury Grammar School
2nd Prosperity – Kimbolton School
3rd – Dynasty – Ken Stimpson Community School
The overall winners at the Trade Fair were CardDog from Aylesbury Grammar School. The Award was supported by Ian ZantBoer, CEO of GrowthDeck who are a multi-channel, private investor platform that provides direct access to UK businesses with high growth potential. GrowthDeck uses online technology to efficiently bring investors together, whilst aiming to form close relationships with them. For more information, please see www.growthdeck.com