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Derbyshire’s pupil entrepreneurs battle for Young Enterprise title

"This is a fantastic opportunity for these students to get some valuable hands-on experience."

buntingThey are taking part in the annual Young Enterprise competition and have the opportunity to display their goods at a trade fair in the Westfield Shopping Centre next Wednesday.

The teams, aged 14 to 19, come from schools across the south and east of Derbyshire and are competing for a place in the county finals.

The teams were set up in September, thought of an idea and created a company. Since then they have been trading among friends and family and the fair is a final chance for them to earn more money.

Julie Jones, chairman of Young Enterprise’s South and East Derbyshire Area Board, said: “The scheme is designed to give students an insight into business and to inspire them to ‘learn by doing’.

“All participants are expected to operate in a professional manner as they would in the workplace.

“The teams have been encouraged to be innovative and creative in the products they have developed and the ways in which they market their products to Derby’s shoppers.”

The students will be showcasing a whole range of products including personalised place mats, cards, stickers, phone cases, glow-sticks, cook books and ornaments.

In addition, two awards will be up for grabs on the day. Westfield managers will be visiting each of the stalls to judge the best trade stand.

And the best product or service will be judged by the panel of judges – Dean Mann of Scargill Mann, Nick Whittaker, retired from Rolls-Royce plc, Emma Gill of Wallis and Hayley Walton from Customer Plus.

The judges said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for these students to get some valuable hands-on experience in business and the retail sector.

“We’re really excited about meeting the teams and finding more out more about them.”

Students will be trading at Westfield Shopping Centre from 9am to 6pm outside the entrance to Sainsbury’s.

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