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PTC Enterprise students sell, sell, sell!

PTC’s Enterprising students had a festive selling extravaganza last weekend!

It was sell, sell, sell last weekend as our Year 10 Young Enterprise teams and our Year 11 GCSE Business Enterprise teams sold their festive products to eager customers at the Merry Hill Centre and Stourbridge Ryemarket.

On Friday 24th November our two Year 10 Young Enterprise teams had their first selling experience at INTU’s Merry Hill Centre.  Teams, working as mini-businesses, had worked frantically in the days running up to the event, making their festive gifts and displays to ensure customers would be wowed by the quality of their products. 

team 2 working on their display board

team 1 working on their products

 

 

 

And wowed they were!   The handmade Christmas cards and wooden tree ornaments were a real hit with the Merry Hill crowds, as were the textile festive gifts and tree ornaments. 

products for team 1products from team 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both teams competed against other schools teams and “worked the mall”, talking to people about their venture and encouraging sales to get first-hand experience of the importance of effective sales techniques. Mrs Hunter and Mrs Turner accompanied the teams for the day and John Bradshaw our YE Business mentor and YE Regional Co-ordinator Kamran Hussain were both blown away by the quality of the displays, professionalism of our students and quality of their products. 

Louis Gaskin, from Pedmore’s Team 2 also took the opportunity for a second sell of Young Enterprise products on Saturday 25th November in the Ryemarket, Stourbridge.

YE student with stall at Ryemarket

Our Year GCSE Business Enterprise students had been invited to set up their stalls in the centre of the Shopping Centre on the Stourbridge Christmas Lights Switch On, making the most of the busy crowds flocking into the town centre for the event. 

The Young Enterprise teams made huge profits from the sale which is going to be invested in the development of their new products, ready for the next Trade Fair at Stratford Upon Avon in March 2018.

This is the first time our school has participated in the Young Enterprise Company Programme.    Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity reaching over 250,000 young people every year.  The Company Programme enables participants to experience what it’s like to set up and run a student company.  Running throughout one academic year, students make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs. Students are covered by Young Enterprise Public Liability Insurance. All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. A range of resources are provided to help manage the company. Teams track their progress using self assessment tools and even compete against other schools in local, regional and national competitions.  For more information on Young Enterprise go to:-

https://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/

 

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