Young Enterprise offered an exciting opportunity for student businesses to trade at the Arndale Shopping Centre recently. All pupils pitching their products were taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme.
Aimed at students aged between 15 and 19, the programme gives them the chance to set up and run their own company for a year, under the guidance of a skilled business mentor. The students elect a board of directors from amongst their peers, raise share capital and market and finance a product or service that they create.
Judges and special guests included MP Stephen Lloyd and the manager of the Arndale Centre, Bill Plumridge, who visited the stalls throughout the day.
The winners were Quantique from Bishop Bell for Best Trade Stand, runner up for Best Trade Stand was Euridito from Willingdon Community School and Best customer service was won by Rainbow Enterprises from Cavendish.
At the end of the year, teams take part in the Young Enterprise Company of the Year Awards supported by HSBC, culminating in the prestigious UK fwwinal. The overall winner here goes on to a tense showdown with 33 other nations at the JA-YE Europe Final in Iceland in July.