Charity sets up trade fair for young people

The business leaders of the future took part in a trade fair under the watchful eye of some local VIPs.

The Young Enterprise charity marked its return to Eastbourne with a trade fair run by students from five Eastbourne schools.

The fair was held at the Arndale Centre and marked the charity’s first event in Eastbourne for seven years.

It took place on February 9 and featured nine stalls selling a variety of products ranging from Valentine black boards, cosmetics, jewellery, iPhone accessories, t-shirts and deodorants.

During the day mystery judges inspected the stalls and spoke to the students, before selecting the winners for Best Trade Stand, Best Customer Service and of course the Mystery Shopper Award.

Local MP Stephen Lloyd visited and chatted with the pupils on all stands, and then presented the awards to the winners

Best Customer Service was awarded to PRO E (Sussex Downs College)Mystery Shopper was awarded to Illusions (Sussex Downs College) and Best Trade Stand was awarded to Random (Cavendish School).

Stephen Lloyd said, “This is a tremendous show, helping our young people get to know about work, and what better way than to learn by doing.”

Young Enterprise Manager Wendy Gorham said, “I was incredibly proud of the students and their efforts. Their stands had a great reception from the public, showing they are on the right lines.”

Chair of the local Eastbourne and Wealden Board for Young Enterprise Gordon Piggott said, “This is just the start of many trade fairs like this. Next year we will encourage more schools to participate and we will be including the Wealden Area.

The Eastbourne Young Enterprise finals will be held in April. For more information call Wendy Gorham 07920763651 or Gordon Piggott 01323 502 436