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Teenage enterprise showcase at Stone’s farmers’ market

The Trade Fair is a pinnacle event for all involved and a further milestone in the business learning experience.

Equipo-2013-Winners

Equipo, last year’s winners

Eleven teams participating in the local Stafford and Stone Area for Young Enterprise are utilising the Famer’s Market as a key sales opportunity for showcasing their innovative product development and business acumen.

Young Enterprise, the largest business and enterprise education charity celebrated its 50th Anniversary last year and plays a huge part in nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

The teams, all from local school sixth forms, have progressed exceptionally well over the course of the programme since the September launch. The Trade Fair is a pinnacle event for all involved and a further milestone in the business learning experience.

Each team will present their products for sale throughout the day and display critical information about their business structure, finances and successes to date. Products this year include recycled china plates repurposed as vintage cake stands, place mats and iPhone accessories.

A judging process will commence from 11am externally to review the stalls and professionalism of the teams, marked against strict criteria, followed by a private meeting. A first, second and third prize for the fair will be announced towards the end of the day.

The Stafford and Stone schools taking part in the Young Enterprise programme are supported by an enthusiastic area board, comprised of Staffordshire businesses including the Area Chairman, Stuart Walton owner of referral marketing UK Franchise BforB and Sarah White, Director of mobile telecoms provider, m-viron.

During their experience, students are supported in school by link teachers and volunteer business advisors to help develop key skills including the ability to work as a team, managing responsibility and initiative. The programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge of how to run a commercially viable operation across business supply chain functions including sales, marketing, human resources and finance.

In past years, the local area teams have produced exceptional results with last year’s area winners, Equipo, reaching as far as the London Country Finals in the competition.

Anyone interested in supporting Young Enterprise can contact Janis Wilcox on 07960 055448. An example of a local team doing exceptionally well is Tiers of Joy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tiersofjoy.stdoms

Every year Young Enterprise help 250,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of a network of 5,000 volunteers from 3,500 companies.

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