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Young Enterprise Trade Fair At White Rose Shopping Centre

the yorkshire timesThe entrepreneurial spirit and talents of young people in Yorkshire and Humberside will be on show at the White Rose Shopping Centre on Sunday (12 January).

The Young Enterprise Trade Fair, which is being staged at White Rose for the tenth consecutive year, will see the young entrepreneurs pitching their wares alongside the high street stores. The objective is to give young people an opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to be in business and to develop the skills they will need in the world of work and industry. As well as producing or sourcing their product or service, the students have also developed business and marketing plans as part of the project, which is to set up and run their own company for a year.

School companies taking part on the day include:
Evolve, from Harrogate High – Chalk board products
Acquire Apparel, from Tadcaster Grammar School – T shirts
We are Yorkshire, from Skipton Girls High School – Stationery
Ace, from the North Halifax Grammar School – Vintage home-made items (felt hearts, bunting, etc..)
Expect, from Queen Ethelburga’s College, Thorpe Underwood, York – Soap & bath bombs
Big Top Toys, from Ridgewood School, Doncaster – Circus themed children’s toys
Verge, from The Hayfield School , Doncaster – Clothes & jewellery
Towel Treats, from Ridgewood School – Novelty face towels
Mu Enterprise, from Hymers College, Hull – Travel packs
South Craven Enterprise, from South Craven School, Keighley – Phone cases & cook books
Mogul, from Crossley Heath School, Halifax – Vinyl clocks & records, Sweet hampers
Handcraft Designs, from Fulford School, York – Blackboard signs, ornamental hearts & candle holders
Intellect, from Whitcliffe Mount School, Cleckheaton- Beanies, tshirts & canvas bags

Young Enterprise West Yorkshire manager Ellen Wood said the youngsters deserve lots of praise for their enthusiasm and achievement.

“The school companies have access to mentors from across the Yorkshire business community to help them and have worked really hard to be ready for the trade fair.”

“However, it’s still a challenge for anyone to set up a company, design and manufacture or source a product or service to a deadline. To achieve that amid their other studies is a testament to their commitment and maturity and they all deserve recognition.”

Nikki Appleton, marketing manager at White Rose Shopping Centre, comments:

“We’re really excited to be able to support the Social Enterprise scheme for the tenth year running in the centre. This is a fantastic opportunity for young entrepreneurs to gain experience in understanding how a business works in a retail environment.

“We have some really talented young people across Yorkshire and we’re proud to be able to offer them a platform where they can try out their unique business ideas. We hope our shoppers will support the stalls which will be situated in the Central Atrium, and put the teams’ customer service skills to the test.”

Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom’s largest business and enterprise education charity with a mission “to build a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise”.Our programmes inspire young people with the confidence, ability and ambition to succeed. With almost 50 years’ experience, Young Enterprise is an active member of Junior Achievement Worldwide and a founding member of JA-YE Europe.

Approximately 250,000 young people aged four to 25 take part in a Young Enterprise programme each year with 5,000 schools, colleges and universities across the UK.

Young Enterprise programmes are delivered by a network of 4,500 business volunteers and 3,500 UK businesses support the work of Young Enterprise.