Pupils at both of Horncastle’s Secondary Schools have swapped the classroom for the boardroom as they take their products to a Lincoln Trade Fair.
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and Banovallum School are each sending a Young Enterprise group to the Fair at Lincoln’s Waterside Shopping Centre on Saturday, February 2.
Taking place in the Arena, between 9am and 5pm, the eighth annual Young Enterprise Trade Fair is set to offer a unique retail experience for shoppers looking for the next must-have items.
The group from QEGS, Mercury, are selling design-your-own bracelet kits.
One of Mercury’s Managing Directors, Ed Hunter, said: “Some people in our group had made them recreationally and we thought it would be a good idea to turn into a business.
“We’ve mainly done fundraising so far, and we’re looking forward to the experience of selling and seeing how people react to our product.”
Banovallum School’s Banovallum Boxes group are also heading to Lincoln to showcase its wares.
The group has used their creative skills to make wooden animal boxes which they have been selling.
Chris Pavey, one of the members of the Boxes, said: “We’re each using our skills to work as a team.
“Some of us are interested in the design aspect, others are working business cards and a website.”
Young Enterprise is a nationwide scheme that gives school children a knowledge of business and how to handle a business.
Ged Forster, Head of Sixth Form at QEGS, said: “It’s a great opportunity for our young people to gain an insight into setting up and running their own business, and interacting with members of the public to make their venture successful and viable.”
As well as Mercury and the Banovallum Boxes, despite not attending the Trade Fair this weekend, other groups at Horncastle’s secondary schools are also taking part in the Young Enterprise challenge.
At QEGS, team Spectra are producing personalised plastic wallets to hold business cards.
George Needham said: “We are currently working on our first order for the school, and then everyone will be able to see what we have on offer.
“We came up with the idea because pupils in the school could use holders for uniform and merit cards.”
Two groups at Banovallum are also running Young Enterprise groups with distinctly different products.
Fashion company Ma Cherie have taken to creating three different ranges of clothing, sourcing and designing items, and even creating brochures to showcase their products.
Amy Colley said: “We all do art and textiles so it’s something we’re really interested in.
“We’ve never really done anything like this before, and we used the Christmas Fayre last year as a chance to see what people would be interested in.
The other Young Enterprise group, the Handy Lads, have created a business model on offering their services to residents in the surrounding area to complete various tasks that their patrons may not be able to do, such as car washing or lawn mowing.
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