WightFibre Supported Young Enterprise Students Attend Christmas Fayre

Young Enterprise Students From Ryde Academy And Christ The King College  At Christmas Fayre, Newport

Students from Ryde Academy and Christ The King College raised the profile of this year’s Young Enterprise programme, when they retailed products in the Christmas Fayre at Newport Minster on November 24th.

Deja Brew, from Ryde Academy, chose to sell locally roasted coffee. For Christ The King College, Ray Co, focused on selling upcycled handmade Christmas stocking fillers.

Four of the Island’s secondary schools have entered teams to compete in this annual business competition. Young Enterprise students need to make all the decisions about their business, from deciding the company name and product, to creating a business plan, managing their finances and selling their products.

Young Enterprise Area Manager, Victoria Leese, was delighted with the students’ presentations: “This was the first opportunity for the students to get in front of the public and sell their products, creating funds to invest in the development of their businesses as part of the competition. Both teams made great sales and demonstrated excellent sales techniques.  Over the next few months their business concepts develop quickly.”

Along the journey to the Company of the Year Awards at Quay Arts in April, the teams must also navigate a challenging “Dragons Den” in early 2019. Here they will be grilled over their business plans by some leading local business people. There is also a further trade fair in March. 2018 winners, Christ The King College, are aiming to retain the title for another year.

Young Enterprise is funded through sponsorship, and this year WightFibre is lending generous support to the Company Programme on the Island.


About Young Enterprise

  • Young Enterprise is a national charity. We motivate young people to succeed in the changing world of work by equipping them with the work skills, knowledge and confidence they need
  • Every year we work directly with over 240,000+ young people, and train 3,200 teachers in both enterprise and financial education, with the help of more than 6,700+ volunteers and 3,500 businesses
  • We believe that the potential of the UK’s young people is unlimited, and an academic education on its own is not enough. Our mission is to empower young people to discover, develop and celebrate their skills and potential
  • Through our hands-on employability and financial education programmes and resources and teacher training, we want to reduce youth unemployment, help young people realise their potential beyond education and empower a generation to learn, to work and to live
  • Founded in 1962, we are part of global network JA-YE operating in 120 countries
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