Thousands of Staffordshire’s young entrepreneurs will be selling their products at local markets after creating their own Young Enterprise company.
Coordinated by Staffordshire County Council, The Young Enterprise programme helps young people develop their business and personal skills by creating their own company. Now they will hoping to bag a profit as they try and shift their wares at public markets at the Ankerside Centre in Tamworth on 4 March and at Stone market on 25 March.
One of the teams in the young enterprise scheme will be selling their hand pressed briquettes at the Craft Market in Stone this Saturday 18th February. Team Zeal from Walton High School will be selling an ecological substitute to logs or coal, Fuel your fire for hours with our hand pressed briquettes.
Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills at Staffordshire County Council said: “Young Enterprise is a great programme that is really helping inspire our young people with the skills confidence and ambition to succeed in today’s business world. We’ve been following these young entrepreneurs progress carefully, from creating their companies, developing their business ideas and then pitching them to local business leaders. It’s now wonderful to see them with some really clever products and heading off to sell them at local markets. Throughout the Young Enterprise programme they have been learning vital business and personal skills all of which will benefit them both in life and whatever career they choose.”
Across the city of Stoke-on-Trent, over twenty High Schools from across the county and have signed up to the programmes, working with over 3,500 students. Working alongside teachers, business mentors and employers in school, pupils take part in practical, engaging activities that introduce them to the world of work and enterprise.
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: “Initiatives such as Young Enterprise are key to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and giving them a sound foundation in business skills. Many of the jobs of the future will come from start-up businesses and small businesses so it is important to encourage our enterprising young people. This is vital not only for the future of our young people, but also to ensure that we build a thriving local and national economy.”
The Young Enterprise programme is being co-ordinated by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with the Education Trust, and being funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership with support from volunteer business advisers from organisations such as Michelin, Wedgwood, Federation of Small businesses, Asda and many more.
Some of the schools taking part and the products they will be selling include:
- Stafford, Walton High School, hand pressed Briquettes
- Stafford, King Edwards VI, digital books
- Stafford, Stafford Grammar School
- Newcastle under Lyme, Madeley High School, shabby chich boxes
- Newcastle under Lyme, Wolstanston High School, children’s toothbrushes
- Newcastle under Lyme, Newcastle under Lyme School, safety stickers, bottle lamps and clocks
- Stoke on Trent, Discovery Academy, fulfilment in a box
- Stoke on Trent, St Thomas More Catholic College, lamps
- Stoke on Trent, City of Stoke on Trent S.F.C., handmade soft furnishings
- Stone, Alleyne’s Academy, coffee cup holders and healthy lifestyle jigsaws
- Stone, Walton High School, ecological substitute to logs or coal
- Brewood, St Dominic’s School, handmade cards
- Tamworth, Landau Forte QEMS, memorabilia for school leavers
- Tamworth, Landau Forte Sixth Form, survival kits for camping/festival goers
- Tamworth, Rawlett School, internet safety book/website
- Burton, Paget, ‘Healthy Food For Thought’ A fitness book that provides alternatives to commonly made meals
- Burton, Paulet, coffee jars
- Cannock, Chase Terrace, Vynality’ A nail art company creating original vinyl nail stencils
- Cannock, Cannock Chase High School
- Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral School, ‘Original Chai Company’ – selling loose leaf tea sourced from India
- Lichfield, King Edwards VI, Timmy Toothy which is a tooth brushing motivational system for children; it tracks when a child has brushed their teeth daily and nightly.