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Saturday, 12 July 2014

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Enterprising pupils in battle for prizes

FIVE schools have been battling it out for cash prizes at the Christmas Young Enterprise Trade Fair in Carlisle.

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On sale: Right, Logic from Caldew School, Dalston, take their Young Enterprise products to the Christmas crowds in Carlsile. From left, Faniry Maidment, Hazel Noble, John Murray, Frederick Lambert and Jack Sessford. Above, members of Trinity School’s company SwanTwoThree. From left, Ewa Brzeska, Matthew Muir and Faye Salkeld. The Caldew team sold selling environmentally sourced wood products such as coasters, and mugs, while Trinity pupils sold bath balls and soaps

School businesses from Trinity and Austin Friars in Carlisle, Brampton’s William Howard, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith and Caldew in Dalston set up trade stalls in the city centre to sell their products, in the first test in the Young Enterprise competition.

A wide range of gifts were on sale, from wooden products to soap hampers.

Liz Johnson, chair of North Cumbria Area Board for Young Enterprise said: “It is great to showcase the young enterprise businesses to the general public and gather some support.

“It is also a chance to get the students used to public speaking and show that young people are doing positive things. The stalls have been provided by the Carlisle City Council and we are grateful for their support.”

The fair was the first opportunity for the teams to trade outside their schools.

Sam Smith, 16, general manager of William Howard’s Eden Point team, said: “We are selling our branded gym wear with a hashtag logo on the front.

“We are aiming to capitalise on the Twitter craze with young people. We’ve had some success so far and aiming to sell as many as possible today.”

Caldew schools entry Logic were selling environmentally sourced wood, taking scrap wood or wood that has already been cut down and not used, to make products such as coasters, mugs and tea light holders.

Manager John Murray, 16, said: “We aim to provide an environmentally friendly product that people can use as gifts.”

Jamie Bainbridge, 16 , sales manager of Trinity School’s SwanTwoThree, was selling bath balls and soaps in hand-made vinyl bowls as Christmas gift hampers.

He said: “We wanted to bring a Christmas product as we thought that would sell well.”

As well as cash prizes for first, second and third place in the trade fair there are also prizes for most innovative stall, innovative product and best customer service.

North Cumbria Young Enterprise manager Ally Irvine said: “This is a great opportunity to trade in the city centre and for the teams and raise some money for their businesses.”

Carlisle South Rotary Club judged the stalls but the results will not count towards the teams’ final score as it was a ‘dummy run’ to give teams feedback for the later tests.

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