The 8thand In March, Young Enterprise held a pop-up trade fair as part of International Women’s Day and this year’s theme of breaking down prejudice.
The event, which brought together over 45 schools from London and the South East region who have taken part in the Young Enterprise Company scheme, was set up to give young people aged 15 and over the chance to sell their products to real customers for real money, at the historic Old Spitalfields Market in London.
The young people made all the decisions about their Young Enterprise business, from naming the company and product, to creating a business plan, to managing their finances and selling their products. Many teams also traded online using the charity Trading Station’s unique trading platform, which helps young people in Young Enterprise programs develop the skills to engage directly in the world of e-commerce. a business point of view.
Roberta Lucca, winner of the Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech and BAFTA, also attended the event to present the “Future Female Leader Award”.
Following the event, Sharon Davies, CEO of Young Enterprise, said:
“At Young Enterprise, we truly believe in creating meaningful opportunities, which help young people develop an entrepreneurial spirit and gain the confidence, practical know-how and attributes needed to build their future.
“Initiatives such as the Enterprise Program and the Pop-Up Market Fair have real potential to prepare people of all ages for the world of work, and it has been great to see so many young people not only participating but also developing their skills. through these initiatives.
‘As the Spitalfields Trade Fair fell on International Women’s Day 2022, we also chose to launch our new report’Breaking down barriers and nurturing the next generation of female entrepreneurs‘ which explores the current landscape of young women and women entrepreneurs. At Young Enterprise, we know the importance of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of young women – that’s why we asked entrepreneur Roberta Lucca to present our first-ever Future Woman Leader Award to a member of one of the youth societies selling in the market today. »
Young Enterprise is a national social mobility charity that motivates young people to succeed in the changing world of work. The company program offers a real-life learning opportunity that introduces young people from all walks of life to the realities of the world of work. Participants gain the practical business experience, adaptability, confidence, resilience and key employability skills needed to build a successful future.
The young people are accompanied throughout the project by a volunteer Business Advisor from the industry, to create and manage their Young Business Company. All start-up business advisors are DBS vetted and have undergone backup training.
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