Young Enterprise and Neston Youth and Community Centre at Neston Market
Young Enterprise hosted a stall at Neston Market on 28 August, where a team from Neston Youth and Community Centre were showcasing their entrepreneurial talents.
On Friday 28 August Young Enterprise offered an exciting opportunity for a group of young people to trade at Neston Market. These young people have been working with Young Enterprise at Neston Youth and Community Centre, setting up and running their own business since July and successfully ran their own market stall to entice shoppers to buy their uniquely designed and hand printed mugs, which have already been selling across Neston town centre this summer.
Neston Friday market is one of the most popular and well loved weekly events in Cheshire West and Chester and attracts customers from far and wide. The market is run by Neston Town Council. The market hosts 35 stalls selling an interesting and unique mix of trades and the with the addition of a group of enthusiastic business savvy young people, it was a great opportunity for the mugs to be showcased to people from the local area.
The day was a brilliant success and the current Managing Director of the company, Joe Kaye was thrilled with the success on the day. The team sold 25 of the 27 mugs made for the market and have since managed to sell another 3 orders for local businesses wanting to order in bulk, due to the success of the market.
This group have been given this fantastic opportunity through funding from Cheshire-based entrepreneur, Zoe Sheppard, Founder and Director of Hive Marketing. Via the Cheshire Community Foundation, Zoe was keen to support opportunities for young people in Cheshire who might not otherwise get the chance to develop their entrepreneurial and employability skills.
After the summer, the group will continue their business as part of the Company Programme. Aimed at young people aged between 15 and 19, the programme gives them the chance to set up and run their own company for a year, under the guidance of a skilled business mentor. The students elect a board of directors from amongst their peers, raise share capital and market and finance a product or service that they create.
At the end of the year, teams take part in the Young Enterprise Company of the Year Awards where they will compete with all other companies from across the Cheshire West and Chester area. The winners will go on through the competition to the North West Final, culminating in the prestigious UK Final, supported by HSBC. The overall winner goes on to a tense showdown with 33 other nations at the JA-YE European Final next July.