Banbury backs budding businesses

Following the success of previous events, Oxfordshire’s brightest budding entrepreneurs will once again have the chance to test their business skills at the annual Trade Fair.

Published: Tuesday, 13th March 2018

On Saturday, 17 March North & West Oxfordshire Area of Young Enterprise will host the event in Banbury as part of the town’s Charter Market giving students aged between 15 and 18 the opportunity to sell a wide range of products and services to the public.

The fair is supported by Cherwell District Council as well as local businesses Distinct Estate Agents, Wild View Events and Smiths of Bloxham.

Cllr Lynn Pratt, Cherwell District Council’s lead member for estates and the economy, said: “These young entrepreneurs represent the future of business in Britain and it will be great to see them getting to grips with the realities of business life at this market event.

“Cherwell is a district of opportunity and the council will continue to encourage activities that promote this. I’d urge people to come along and support the Trade Fair and pick up some bargains at the same time.”
The students are taking part in a nationwide Young Enterprise programme where they set up and run their own student companies over a school year. The now well-established Banbury Trade Fair is one of the foremost events of its kind in Oxfordshire and provides the students with a valuable opportunity to test and sharpen their sales and marketing skills.

Products on sale include recipe books, upcycled wooden products, clothing, mugs and anti-fraud devices for bank cards.There will be a number of competitions and awards on the day for the best trade stand, best product and best customer service, the latter determined by a team of mystery shoppers.

The Trade Fair will be open between 9am and 4pm. The Town Mayor of Banbury, Councillor Colin Clarke and Mayoress will be visiting from 1.30pm and will judge one of the competitions and present the awards at around 3pm.