Enterprise youngsters' business wares exhibited in Hitchin town centre

PUBLISHED: 14:58 03 December 2017

Ben Mason from Compliancy Services, Mark Galley from Johnson Matthey and MP Bim Afolami judge the Hitchin Boys' School stand. Picture: Kevin Lines

Ben Mason from Compliancy Services, Mark Galley from Johnson Matthey and MP Bim Afolami judge the Hitchin Boys' School stand. Picture: Kevin Lines

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Teams of entrepreneurs taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme set up trade stands and sold their wares to the public for the first time at the Hitchin Christmas trade fair.

Mark Galley from Johnson Matthey presents Stevenage's Lonsdale School with the 'Best Trade Stand' award. Picture: Kevin LinesMark Galley from Johnson Matthey presents Stevenage's Lonsdale School with the 'Best Trade Stand' award. Picture: Kevin Lines

The Young Enterprise Company Programme is an initiative that runs across the country for students aged 15 to 19 – and the teams in Market Place included a group from Hitchin Boys’ School and a company from Lonsdale School in Stevenage.

With support from volunteers in the business world, the students had made all the decisions about their company, from choosing a company name and product to creating a business plan, managing the finances and selling to the public.

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami was joined in judging the teams by Cathryn Henry from Letchworth-based training provider One Degree Development, Ben Mason from Hitchin consultants Compliancy Services, and Mark Galley from Royston chemical firm Johnson Matthey.

Dynamix from Lonsdale School won the award for best trade stand. The prizes for best company, product and business acumen went to the Utilize team from Merchant Taylors’ School near Watford.

Ben Mason from Compliancy Services judges the Lonsdale School stand. Picture: Kevin LinesBen Mason from Compliancy Services judges the Lonsdale School stand. Picture: Kevin Lines

Mr Afolami said: “I was hugely impressed with the calibre of all the companies competing, from Merchant Taylors’, Lonsdale and Hitchin Boys’.

“It was very hard to decide on winners as everyone was outstanding. It was great to see young people so switched-on and enthusiastic about what they were doing, as well as being so confident.

“I commend the work of the Young Entreprise Company Programme – these young people will go far.”

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