Young Enterprise (YE) thanks Drakes Circus and judges

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31 Mar 2018
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A leading financial education charity is praising Drake Circus for allowing young entrepreneurs to trade in the shopping centre.

Young company directors from nine Plymouth schools held trade stands on the ground floor this month (March 17th) selling their wares to passers-by.

Shoppers were able to visit their stalls to buy a range of items that students have developed as part of the Young Enterprise (YE) Company Programme. Products on sale included: memory diaries to help people with dementia, dental health care kits, cake making kits, headphone holders, travel mugs with a temperature gauge, tie-dye hairbands, revamped clothing, wooden key-rings and coasters.

YE West Devon Area Manager Stephanie Anderson said: “Members of our local Board greatly appreciate the support of Drake Circus this year for enabling the students to take up space within the shopping centre.

“The YE Company Programme enables youngsters to gain invaluable employability skills through running their own business. Selling to members of the public is all part of their learning journey. Helping them to develop skills such as communication, team work, organisation, problem solving and financial capability, the scheme really boosts their confidence and helps the students gain experience that will be extremely useful to them in the future.

We cant thank Drake and its management staff enough. In previous years we have had to fund a marquee in the Piazza usually in inclement weather. Being in the warm and dry, not only meant there was more footfall but the shoppers were happier to stop and chat to the students which enabled the companies to secure more sales.

The Plymouth Herald’s Business Editor William Telford; Director of Operations and Development of GA Solicitors Stuart Elford; PR & Communications Manager at Onshore Media Sally Bell; and Technical and Administrative Assistant of Bailey Partnership Emma Burgess also supported the event by judging the trade stands on their content and creativity, engagement and impact.

We are also extremely grateful to the volunteer judges, without whom there would be no competition, and to the business advisers who help the teachers mentor the students on a weekly basis,added Mrs Anderson.

Last year’s winners were sixth-form team Iridescent from Devonport High School for Girls who won the Best Overall Company Award. Founder of The Range’s international retail chain Chris Dawson, who presented Iridescent with their trophy, introduced the team to his buyers who agreed to stock the fitness bottle in some of its stores.

Company Programme, Young Enterprise’s flagship enterprise education programme supported nationally by HSBC, sees students across the country set up and run a real business or social enterprise over an academic year.

Young Enterprise research shows Company Programme participants develop key employability skills and a longitudinal study of Company Programme alumni has shown that in the two years following their company’s closure, 94% are in education, employment or training [EET] 7% higher than the national rate.

The local Young Enterprise West Devon Board is now looking for next years volunteer business advisers and sponsors who would like to support more youngsters gain employability skills. For further details contact: stephanie.anderson@y-e.org.uk

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