A chance to shine for budding young entrepreneurs

Oxfordshire’s brightest young business people are to get an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial talents at the Christmas Trade Fair this Saturday, 8 December.

Published: Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Hosted by the Young Enterprise Company Programme and supported by Cherwell District Council, the event at Banbury’s Charter Market will give over 80 students, aged between 15 and 18, the chance to sell a wide range of products and services to festive shoppers.

Cherwell District Council’s lead member for estates and the economy, Cllr Lynn Pratt, said: “These young entrepreneurs represent the next generation of business leaders and the future of business in Britain. 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.”

Cassandra Cardiff, Young Enterprise Manager for Oxfordshire, said: “The Christmas Trade Fair in Banbury is an excellent opportunity for companies to showcase their fantastic products and customer service skills. With the festive season very much in full swing, we are hoping for a busy day with lots of sales!”

The Young Enterprise Company Programme provides students with the opportunity to set up and run their own company for a year under the guidance of local business mentor volunteers. The now well-established Banbury Trade Fair provides them with a platform to test and sharpen their sales and marketing skills. There will be awards on the day for the best trade stand, best product, and best customer service, all determined by a team of judges aided by the odd ‘mystery shopper’.

The Trade fair opens at 9:30am and runs until 4:00pm

For more information about this event or Young Enterprise in Oxfordshire contact: Cassandra Cardiff, Oxfordshire Area Manager cassandra.cardiff@y-e.org.uk.