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Prime Minister meets young entrepreneurs at Young Enterprise Maidenhead trade fair


Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip made a surprise visit to the Nicholson Shopping Centre in Maidenhead on Saturday to meet with young entrepreneurs at a special trade fair.

The PM attended the trade fair where the students taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme were showcasing and selling their products and services to members of the public. Mrs May talked to each of the 12 student companies who were exhibiting, with products ranging from USB lights, a fitness guide and a social enterprise aiming to encourage the public to reuse plastic bottles.


The Prime Minister, Theresa May comments:

“I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Young Enterprise fair. It was a fantastic showcase for the creativity and innovation of the young people involved. Young Enterprise gives student entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to turn an idea into a product or social enterprise, which is not only an exciting challenge that enhances key life skills but can also have a hugely positive impact on communities in Maidenhead and beyond.”


Michael Mercieca, CEO of Young Enterprise comments:

“Having a surprise visit from the Prime Minister was a real treat for our student entrepreneurs and underlines the hard work and creativity of this year’s Company Programme participants.

It’s inspiring to see so many local young people building and designing such a broad range of brands of products. We hope to see many more people getting involved in the Young Enterprise Company Programme next year. The programme develops the soft skills that are so crucial to young people’s success in later life, preparing young people for the world of work and enabling them to fulfil their ambitions.”


The charity Young Enterprise’s Company Programme was founded in 1962 and has had over one million participants since then. It is supported by some of the UK’s leading companies and philanthropists. Young Enterprise works with over 200,000 young people each year from across the UK and will be increasing its engagement with schools in the most disadvantaged areas from 38% to 50% by 2019. The latest impact report found that 94% of Company Programme alumni are in Education, Employment and Training, 7% higher than the national average.


List of schools at the Maidenhead trade fair:

Company School Product
S.P.I.R.I.T St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School Body and Mind Improvement Activities
ILLUMINATION Claires Court School Wooden Candle Holders
INFINITY EDITS The Langley Academy Themed Football Apparel
LIMITLESS FITNESS St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School Fitness and Health Guides
SOLUTIONISE Burnham Grammar School Health and Safety wrist band and miniature motion sensor
INGENIUM Upton Court Grammar School Infinity Mirror and USB lights
ZENITII The Langley Academy Candles and Stress Balls
E-CYCLE Desborough College Recyling plastic bottles
FOLDABAG Claires Court School Folding bag
REFLKT Herschel Grammar School Affordable T-Shirt with arabic writing
SIGNED Focus School – Stoke Poges Campus Luxury Writing Instruments
20twenty Herschel Grammar School Scarves, Bandanas and pocket squares