Banbury backs budding businesses
Oxfordshire’s brightest budding entrepreneurs will visit Banbury on Saturday 28 February, as the North Oxfordshire Area of Young Enterprise stages its annual Trade Fair in the town as part of Banbury’s Charter Market.
Following the success of last year’s event in the market, the Trade Fair, this year supported by Cherwell District Council, Banbury Town Council, the Federation of Small Business, Wellers Accountants, First Line Limited and Sketts, will give students aged between 15 and 18 the opportunity to sell a wide range of products and services to the public.
Cherwell District Council’s lead member for estates and the economy, Cllr Norman Bolster, said: “These young entrepreneurs represent the future of business in Britain and it will be great to see them getting to grips with the realities of business life at this market event. Cherwell is a district of opportunity and the council will continue to encourage activities that promote this. I’d urge people to come along and support the Trade Fair and pick up some bargains at the same time.”
The students are taking part in a programme where they set up and run their own real businesses from scratch over a school year. The now-established Banbury Trade Fair provides them with a valuable opportunity to test and sharpen their sales and marketing skills. There will be awards on the day for the best trade stand, best product and best customer service, all determined by a team of mystery shoppers.
Paul Skett from Sketts Quality Events said: “Sketts are proud to be huge supporters of Young Enterprise and look forward to working with this event again after last year’s successes.”
The Trade Fair will be open between 9am and 5pm. The Mayor of Banbury, Councillor Sean Woodcock, will be visiting from 2pm and will judge one of the competitions. Independent radio station Banbury Sound will be in attendance during the morning with breakfast s
how presenter Kirsty Leahy linking live to the Saturday morning programme from the event.