On Saturday (1 December), amidst the busy stalls and activities of the Christmas Market in Horsham town’s Carfax, young entrepreneurs from local schools will showcase their company’s wares.
Appropriately, it’s also Small Business Saturday, as the enthusiastic students from Horsham, Crawley and Mid Sussex schools compete for Best Trade Stand as part of the national Young Enterprise business set up competition for this area.
The companies will receive expert advice about their stall displays and customer service skills from a local business owner, who’ll also judge the day’s competition.
As part of the Young Enterprise programme, each company, which runs for one whole trading year and has to set up as a proper business, receives ongoing mentoring from local business people. They learn how to manage finances, write a business plan, market their products and in most cases, manufacture them as well.
Gordon Lindsay, Cabinet Member for the Local Economy at Horsham District Council is a strong supporter of both the Young Enterprise programme and Small Business Saturday. He commented: “It is so important to encourage entrepreneurial skills in young people and Young Enterprise has been delivering great projects for over 50 years.
“Many of our local businesses have come from this background and they can vouch for the benefits the Young Enterprise programme provides for local schools and their students.”
Young Enterprise (www.young-enterprise.org.uk
), which has been running in the UK for over 50 years, is a programme of business education and mentoring run for Year 10 and 12 students from local schools and is supported by a board of local business volunteers in the Horsham, Crawley and Mid Sussex areas.
Small Business Saturday UK (www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/ ) is a national grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. It is quite appropriate that Young Enterprise companies started their trading lives at Horsham Market on this day, as market stalls really are the grass roots of retail businesses.
If you would like to get involved in Young Enterprise, please contact Leigh Chambers, Local Board Member for Young Enterprise and Horsham District Council Econonmic Development Officer by calling 01403 215264 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org