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Young Enterprise Team Madeley
Young Enterprise team from Madeley High School

Young Enterprise students take their wares to market

Thousands of Staffordshire’s young entrepreneurs have created their own Young Enterprise company and will be selling their products at local markets.

The Young Enterprise programme, being co-ordinated by Staffordshire County Council helps young people develop their business and personal skills by creating their own company.

Now young people will be 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.

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.”

Over twenty High Schools from across the county and city of Stoke-on-Trent have signed up to the programmes, working with over 3,500 students.  Pupils work alongside teachers, business mentors and employers in school and 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:

“Young Enterprise is a great scheme that is inspiring our future entrepreneurs and giving them a good grasp of business skills.

“Many of the jobs of the future will come from innovative ideas and start-up businesses so it is important to encourage our enterprising young people. This is vital not only for their future, but also to ensure that we build a thriving local and national economy.

“Enthusing our young people and developing the highly skilled and motivated employers and employees of the future are key to our aims of attracting inward investment, helping businesses to grow and creating more and better jobs for local people.”

The Young Enterprise programme is being co-ordinated by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with the Education Trust. It is 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
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.