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Trafford Centre Success For Stockport Academy Young Entrepreneurs

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Trafford Centre Success For Stockport Academy Young Entrepreneurs

Our Young Enterprise students got down to business at the Trafford Centre – picking up a couple of awards in the process.

The group of Year 10s competed alongside other schools from Greater Manchester in setting up a trade stand and promoting and selling a product they have developed over the previous couple of months.

Students have written and produced their own children’s book - including original illustrations - titled Penny The Patchless Panda. The book has been created using environmentally-friendly practices and gets across the message that it is ok to be different.

On the day, the group – called YE Little Stars – dressed up their stall and sold copies of their book to members of the public, raising £150 to put back into their business.

They also left with two top prizes after judges ruled them to have the Best Trade Stall and Best Product.

Student and Managing Director Harry Cox said: “Just being a part of the Young Enterprise scheme is simply amazing. It allows us to prepare for working life in every aspect. Having the chance of going to the Trafford Centre was just amazing and the experience of selling to the public was like no other.”

The group is now planning on taking the book into local primary schools to promote it and will also soon be launching its own website to sell the book online.

Deputy Managing Director John Ashby said: “Selling our book at the Trafford Centre was both an amazing opportunity to get our book off the ground and an invaluable experience that has taught us a lot about how to improve our company and sales strategies. A big thanks to everyone who was involved.”

IT Director Tom Edwards added: “I believe that it was a great way to gather a number of skills and also take in the experience.”

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