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Entrepreneurs trade their wares in Grimsby’s Apprentice-style challenge

Cleepreneurs show the adults how it's done!

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Cleepreneurs: Cleethorpes Academy’s Year Ten team, from left, Spencer Plumridge, Alicia Connor, Kai Wood, Bethany Woodland, Megan Lent and Tia Campbell.

YOUNG entrepreneurs faced off in an Apprentice-style selling challenge at Grimsby’s Freshney Place.

Students from Tollbar Academy in Waltham, Cleethorpes Academy, and Sir John Nelthorpe Sixth Form, in Brigg, set up shop in the shopping centre in Grimsby.

The sales day was part of the Young Enterprise project, which urges youngsters to set up their own limited companies to experience what the cut and thrust of the business world is really like.

The Infinity team from Sir John Nelthorpe School took the best sales award, while Inspire from Tollbar’s Year Ten picked up the best trade stand gong.

There was plenty of trade for each business with stalls drawing in customers with personalised slates and wood, incense sticks and Valentine’s Day gifts.

Kathy Fillingham, treasurer and board member of the South Humber Young Enterprise group, helped to organise the event.

She said: “We do this every year and the aim is to get young people into businesses. They set up their own businesses and register them as limited companies over a period of six to eight months and either buy in or make their products to sell.

“It gives them a great insight into what it is like to run your own successful firm, and the skills they pick up will make them the business people of the future.

“This is all about teamwork, problem solving and giving them the skills they need. But it also gives them life skills – it is not all about making money.”

Megan Lent, from the Cleepreneurs Year Ten team at Cleethorpes Academy, said: “We were surprised at the amount of sales we had on the day.

“Some of the work has been much more difficult than other parts because you have to do it all for yourself.

“We have a good team and we work well together – and we were the first people here on the day as we wanted to get the prime spot.

“The experience has made us learn to work well as a team and to be prepared for anything.”

Eleanor Wilkinson, of the Tollbar Year Ten team Scentsations, said: “We have been very busy. We decided to send one team member out to encourage the customers.

“I have learned about how to work as part of a team and have really enjoyed the arty side.”

The Drifters team, from Tollbar Sixth Form, made personalised wooden plaques in their technology department to sell at £5.

Edward Bell said: “We went out and did a questionnaire to find out what sort of products people would like.

“A lot of people have been curious about the plaques and have come to find out more, so we have been able to do some good selling. The whole thing gives you something different to learn. I enjoyed the practical side of it.

“If I did it again I would try to improve our time management, so we can get more preparation done.”

Stella Webb, of the Tollbar Year Ten team Inspire, which won the award for the best trade stand, said: “As a team we have worked hard and have been very focused.

“We have enjoyed selling but the financial side of it has been difficult. It has given us a real taste of what it means to run a business.”

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