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Plymouth’s young entrepreneurs take part in a trade competition

"The project is important as it gives young people a taste of what it's like to set up and run a business"

Young entrepreneurs received training on the art of selling before taking part in this week’s Young Enterprise trading day. Teenagers were given tips by Zoe Wakeham and Claire Neville, of The Herald’s parent firm Devon & Cornwall Media at a seminar held by Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

A dozen teams from Plymouth schools have set up businesses, elected boards, sold shares, and designed and made products which they will sell at a trade fair at the city centre Piazza on Saturday.

It is the second year the project has been managed by the Chamber, and teams are receiving advice from business including KPMG, Babcock, Bond Dickinson and Bishop Fleming. Plymouth media firm TwoFour is following the teams throughout the one-year project. A judging panel will announce the winner of the Trade Fair in May at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

Morven Maclean, manager for Plymouth Young Enterprise, said: “The project is important as it gives young people a taste of what it’s like to set up and run a business, motivating entrepreneurs of the future.”

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