There will be a new eco-friendly addition to Stockton Market next Wednesday (21 March).
That is because young people from Stockton Riverside College have created products to sell at a special Eco-Fair on market day.
More than 100 students aged between 16 and 19 have been working with Stockton Council's Enterprise Culture Project and Enterprise Made Simple to develop environmentally friendly products and services.
On Wednesday they will set up their stalls alongside established market traders to offer a vast range of goods including:
- Flower arrangements
- Customised sculptures, T-shirts and accessories
- Contemporary artwork
- Cards and gifts
- Bird tables and planters
There will even be a special "Smoothie bike" providing healthy drinks using pedal power.
The eleven teams of young people will compete against each other to be crowned "Best Business."
Stockton Council provided each team with a start-up fund of £100, business support and expertise and advice in event planning.
A panel of judges including the Mayor of Stockton Councillor Paul Baker and Leader of Stockton Council Councillor Bob Cook will assess the profitability, marketing and sales aspects of each business idea.
18 year old Philomena Makhumula-Nkhoma is one of the young people who have been preparing for the Eco-Fair, she said: I’ve really enjoyed organising the event. The experience has been great for my Business Studies course and I’m hoping this will help me in my future career."
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: "The students are studying in a whole range of different areas ranging from Business to Art, Joinery, Brick Laying and IT so this event really shows that whatever your interest and expertise you can be entrepreneurial.
"Enterprise skills can be used in all manner of career fields and I hope events like this can help encourage and inspire our young people to consider how they can use these skills in their future work life.
"It is also another fantastic way of highlighting just how important markets are to the future success of Stockton Town Centre. As part of the on-going £20 million town centre regeneration scheme we are striving to develop a thriving, independent retail sector and the regular market and our programme of specialist markets have a vital part to play in this.”
The Eco-Fair will be on Dovecot Street (opposite Halifax Building Society) between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
The winning team will go on an Xscape team building activity in Leeds in June.
To find out more about Stockton Council's Enterprise Culture Project and the opportunities available for young people and businesses call (01642) 528705.
For further information about entrepreneurial opportunities offered through Stockton Riverside College including more detail about the new Peter Jones Academy Enterprise and Entrepreneurship course contact Nicola Errington, [email protected], (01642) 865499 or visit the College web site www.stockton.ac.uk.