Young Entrepreneurs Compete In Wimbledon

Young Enterprise fair on the Piazza

Thirteen Young Enterprise companies from schools in Merton and Sutton set up stalls on Wimbledon Piazza in a competition to showcase and sell their wares.

Organised by Merton Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Love Wimbledon, this was the second year of the fair. 

Products on offer at Saturday's fair included travel organizers, bird houses, cable tidies, drink holders and accessories, many customized to meet buyer's requests.

Some products had been made by the teams and others produced through bespoke manufacturing and branding. 

Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce summed it up: "The enthusiasm and talent of the young enterprise teams shone through.

"I hope this experience has given them a flavour of what it means to run your own business. Sales on the day were high because the products were good, the teams were excellent at selling and with the support of Love Wimbledon, each team had their own market stall." 

Awards on the day were given to:

SCoffee (Nonsuch High School) for Best Trade Stand

Luxury by Hand (South Thames college Merton campus) for Best Product

Alacrity (Raynes Park High School) for Best Sales Team

Reflex (Sutton Grammar School) for overall best on the day. 

Young Enterprise is a national initiative taken up by schools to encourage 14-19 year olds to learn enterprise skills in readiness for the world of work.

Schools participating were:

Kings College Wimbledon 2 teams

Wimbledon High School 2 teams

Raynes Park High School 2 teams

Wallington High School 2 teams

Nonsuch School

Sutton Grammar School

Greenshaw High School

Sutton High School

South Thames College, Merton campus.

March 24, 2014

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Merton Chamber of Commerce CEO Diana Sterck meets young entrepreneurs at the fair

Merton Chamber of Commerce Chair Andrew Wakefield (right) visits the fair