Entrepreneurial students celebrate record sales

NMAC11-0389-2'Sixth from pupils from the Dukeries College who make up the Youth Business Squad show off their eco friendly garden supplies which they sourced and prepared for the Young Enterprise challenge held at the Four Seasons Shopping Centre on Saturday.  They are from left, Luke Bracegirdle, Nathan McCabe, Bobby Baguley, Daniel Cotterill and Marc Culver.
NMAC11-0389-2'Sixth from pupils from the Dukeries College who make up the Youth Business Squad show off their eco friendly garden supplies which they sourced and prepared for the Young Enterprise challenge held at the Four Seasons Shopping Centre on Saturday. They are from left, Luke Bracegirdle, Nathan McCabe, Bobby Baguley, Daniel Cotterill and Marc Culver.

STUDENTS from across the area showcased their entrepreneurial talents at a special trade fair on Saturday.

The Ashfield and Mansfield Area board of Young Enterprise 2011 Trade Fair in Mansfield’s Four Seasons featured teams from Mansfield’s All Saints’ School and Samworth Church Academy as well as Dukeries College, from Ollerton, Southwell Minster and Warsop’s Meden School.

They were joined by youngsters from schools and colleges in Hucknall and Newark for the annual competition.

The seven groups sold more than £1,400 worth of goods and items for the event, with students from the All Saints’ team - called Flux - setting a new sales record for the event of £410.

They racked up the total by selling clocks made out of old 33-inch and 45-inch vinyl records.

And the Meden team - called Generique - were also celebrating after their stand selling a variety of recycled items and wrappers for chocolate bars impressed judges.

The students were awarded a certificare and will receive a trophy for Best Stand at a special ceremony at West Notts College on 23rd March.

Bill Wilson, member of the Mansfied and Ashfield Area Board, paid tribute to the youngsters for achieving record sales ‘considering the current economic climate:

“It was fantastic,” he said. “It was one of the best trade fairs we have run.

“The standard of the teams and the standard of the stands gets better every year.”

Teams were given key business advice from the board and industry experts before putting their idea into practice at Saturday’s fair.

This year’s judges for Best Stand were Paul Davies, chairman of the Ashfield and Mansfield Area Board, Hayley Watson, duty manager of the Four Seasons centre and Phil Nicholson, director of Mansfield chartered accountants, Stopford Associates).

Meanwhile, the organisation will soon be launching its campaign for current Year Nine and above students to take part in the 2011-12 event.

Students who would like to particpate in the challenge should contact their school’s Young Enterprise Link reacher or head of diploma studies.

Young Enterprise promotes business activities for students in full time education in conjunction with their schools.

Any school interested in being involved with Young Enterprise can contact the Ashfield and Mansfield Area Board’s development manager at david.greenwood@yeem.org or 07794 478926.