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Pittville Pump Room to host Young Enterprise Trade Fair

PUBLISHED: 14:21 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:23 22 February 2017

Students at Young Enterprise exhibition 2016

Students at Young Enterprise exhibition 2016

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Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump will be the setting for Gloucestershire’s Young Enterprise trade fair on Wednesday March 8 from 12.30pm-5.30pm

On Wednesday March 8, Young Enterprise will be offering an exciting opportunity for student businesses to trade at the Pittville Pump Room alongside 20 other schools. All 200 pupils pitching their products are taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship Company Programme in Gloucestershire and will be setting up trade stands to showcase their entrepreneurial talents and sell their wares.

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 from a range of local businesses will visit the stalls throughout the afternoon, with certificates being announced at 5.00pm for best product and manufacturing, best customer focus and best performance in the ‘dragon’s den’. The schools taking part in this year’s Trade Fair in Gloucestershire are Alderman Knight’s School, All Saints’ Academy, Balcarras, Bournside, Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Chosen Hill, Cirencester College, Crypt School, Focus College, Berkeley, Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School, National Star College, Sir Thomas Richs’ School, Stroud High School, Westonbirt School, Wycliffe College.

The wide range of products this year includes candles, cushions, streetwear, microwave warmers, cards & calendars, homeware made from recycled pallets, a young drivers’ app, a literacy game for young children and much more.

The event will be formally opened at 2.30 by Cicely Elliott – Berry, co-founder & director at Sibling Gin in Cheltenham. Cicely took part in company programme while at Balcarras and as Managing Director led her team to victory in the national final.

The Gloucestershire Final will take place at the Royal Agricultural College on the May 2; the regional final at the Renishaw Innovation Centre near Wotton Under Edge on the June 14 and the national final in London on the July 6.

To attend the Trade Fair or to ask for further information, please contact Gillian Hayward, Young Enterprise Manager for Gloucestershire on Gillian.hayward@y-e.org.uk or 07703 058541.

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