Ten Young Enterprise companies from Mid Sussex will be on show and selling their wares and ideas in Haywards Heath’s Orchards Shopping Centre on Saturday March 15.
And in the style of the TV series The Dragon’s Den, they might also be hoping to catch the eye of some local financier too to help them move their ideas and companies into the big league.
The would-be Gates, Golds and Sugars will be offering all kinds of ideas and products including touchscreen device accessories, ornaments and desk decorations, confectionery, jewellery and gifts, and children’s story books.
Young Enterprise Companies are formed by school pupils, each having to create a real company to introduce them to the business world.
Team members take on roles such as managing director, finance director and sales and marketing director. They plan what products to sell, how to source and market them and how to balance the books, pay VAT and Corporation Tax and make a profit. Local business leaders act as mentors.
This year will see a record-breaking seven such enterprises from Warden Park Academy, as well as companies from Burgess Hill School for Girls, Worth School and Imberhorne School in East Grinstead taking part.
Orchards Manager Nicola Bird said: “Young Enterprise is just the most amazing initiative to find the entrepreneurs of the future, as we need to encourage and support new ideas and ways of thinking.
“As an example, what our local discerning shoppers don’t want is simply a replica of any High Street in the country; they want independent, niche boutiques for something special and unique. Young Enterprise is the perfect vehicle for finding just such entrepreneurs!”
If any local businesses would like to know how they can become involved with Mid Sussex Young Enterprise, contact Steve Tilbury on firstname.lastname@example.org Mierre Communications