Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 together we mean business

​Students Sales Sizzle at Summer Market Day

Learners from schools across Mansfield and Ashfield took part in the third Junior Enterprise summer Market Day in Mansfield on the hottest day of the year.

Students took on the challenge of creating their own business idea and then selling their products to the general public on Mansfield’s Westgate.

Business leaders from the area judged each team on a number of criteria, from the presentation of their stall to the innovation of their products, and winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony held at the John Fretwell Centre next week.

Organised through the Mansfield Area Partnership, a collaboration of local schools and academies, with the support of local business network Mansfield 2020 the Junior Enterprise competition is just one of a myriad of activities taking place that helps to encourage entrepreneurship in local youngsters.

A student from Garibaldi College said, ‘This is a great opportunity for students like to get experience. I was nervous to begin with but it’s raised my confidence and I know more about you to sell and work as a team, I’m really enjoying it.’

Irvin Robinson, Chair of Mansfield 2020, was one of the judges and said, ‘What a wonderful day for the students to come out and show their talent to everyone in Mansfield. I’m really impressed by what I’ve seen and I hope it makes the youngsters here realise that really anything is possible.’

Author: Caroline Cox

Caroline is the Operations Director for Mansfield and Ashfield 2020. The most important part of this role is to listen, support and act! Through monthly focus groups we identify opportunities and challenge key bodies to provide a partnership approach to avoid duplication and monitor efforts to fulfill our philosophy which has always been firmly centered on our business community, growth and skills.

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