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Business-savvy pupils to take part in trade fair

More teams taking part in the area than ever before.

Entrepreneurial pupils will be perfecting their best sales pitches at the first in a series of trade fairs.

Schools from Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead are taking part in the Young Enterprise charity’s flagship Company Programme.

Pupils run their own business for a year and sell their goods at fairs, with the first in Maidenhead’s Nicholson Centre tomorrow (Saturday).

Mike Miller, chair of Young Enterprise Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “This year we have more teams taking part in the area than ever before which is reflective of success we have had in the past and the appetite that schools and pupils have for gaining real world business experience. Teams will be competing to become Berkshire’s best and to compete for the ultimate prize at the national finals.”

Jenny Scully, Young Enterprise manager for Berkshire, said: “The trade fairs are a fantastic opportunity for our companies to get their first taste of selling their products directly to customers. It follows months of planning and will help them shape their business plans moving forward.

“In the past we have seen some real success stories from Berkshire and we hope that we will have a few more this year. The experience that students will gain from this programme will be invaluable as they enter the world of work with the jobs market for young people becoming increasingly competitive.” Other fairs will run at The Observatory Shopping Centre, Slough, on Saturday, February 8, and Windsor Royal Shopping Centre on Saturday, March 8.

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