Budding entrepreneurs hold trade fair


School students are preparing to take part in the North Derbyshire Young Enterprise Trade Fair.

The Fair - hosted by Chesterfield Borough Council - takes place in Rykneld Square, near Chesterfield Tourist Information Office between 10am and 4pm, on Thursday, March 1.

Students, aged 15-17, will represent 12 Young Enterprise companies taking part in the YE Company Programme, which gives students an opportunity to gain practical experience of business and enterprise by setting up and running their own company.

YE companies include students from Brookfield Community School, Eckington School, Chesterfield College, Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, Newbold Community School, St Mary’s High School, Mount St Mary’s College, Netherthorpe School and Tupton Hall School. The youngsters will be loaned pop up market stalls from Chesterfield Market, giving them the opportunity to experience trading on the market and they will hopefully pick up some tips from established market traders.

During the morning, the companies will be interviewed by a panel of judges including the Chesterfield Mayor, Chesterfield Borough Cllr Peter Barr, and awards will be decided on the day including Best Trade Stand and Most Innovative product or company.

Lynda Oliver, Young Enterprise Manager, said: “We are delighted that so many companies from local schools are able to attend this year’s Trade Fair.

“The event allows our young entrepreneurs to promote and sell the products and services that they have been developing over the past six months.

“This will be an invaluable experience for them, developing their skills in communication, sales and marketing as they welcome new customers to their stands.”

Young Enterprise is a national education charity founded in 1963 to forge links between schools and industry. Its mission is to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.