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Teenage Traders Take Over Milton Keynes

On Sunday 29th January 11am – 5pm, over 500 teenagers will be taking over the Middleton Hall, at the regional shopping destination, thecentre:mk to compete for custom and demonstrate their business skills in the 2017 Young Enterprise Trade Fair.

Representing over 50 schools from Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, East Anglia and London, the students have been manufacturing and selling a variety of products and services during their academic year in the Young Enterprise Company Programme and Team Programme. Here they learn about business first-hand through setting up and running a real company.

Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk, says, “We are proud to be supporting these local young people taking part in the Young Enterprise Trade Fair. It is really important for the community to harness the passion and enthusiasm these students have shown for business and enterprise, and we at centre:mk are delighted to be hosting this fantastic event as the ideal platform for these young people.”

With advice from local business volunteers, the students elect a board of directors from among their peers, raise share capital and market and finance a product or service of their own choice. At the end of the year they liquidate the company and present a report and accounts.

Some of the products on sale at the Young Enterprise Milton Keynes Trade Fair will include: bags, Apps, Music CDs, personalized T-shirts, books, toys, wooden items, cards, mugs, key rings, magnets, mirrors and juggling balls.

Mary Cloake, Young Enterprise Area Manager South Central said of the event ‘this is the twelfth major YE fair at centre:mk. It will be a marvellous showcase for the achievements of these young budding entrepreneurs in developing their skills, knowledge and confidence, in just one year. We are extremely grateful to centre;mk for their continued support of this event’.

For a booking form, email: phil.simons@y-e.org.uk