AWARD-winning young business stars from Suffolk have been granted the unique opportunity to showcase their talent at this year’s county show.
Students from Thomas Mills’ Young Enterprise group have been invited by Suffolk Agricultural Association Executive Director Christopher Bushby to take their own stand at the 2012 Suffolk Show on 7th and 8th June.
The group that operates under the business name ‘Misc’ – won the Suffolk County round of the prestigious Young Enterprise competition in May for their resourcefulness and creativity in creating a range of mobile phone holders. The next challenge will be the regional competition in Cambridge in June.
Misc created the products from lazer cut and laminated acrylic sheet profiles and showed their business acumen in selling them to ‘peers’ at Christmas markets in Suffolk and Norfolk and even persuading a local shop to stock product. All of which earned them a healthy profit.
Following on from the success of selling their products commercially, Misc. aimed high and were invited by Ipswich Town Football Club Retail team to pitch and have their goods stocked by the Planet Blue Store. This opportunity, forced the team to think big, investigate manufacturing solutions, packaging options, incorporation of branding and really drilling down on margins to work out an attractive wholesale offer.
Each participating school registers with Young Enterprise which gives them access to a whole raft of support including a website and guides for the teachers, mentors and students. The team is then allocated a business advisor, sometimes two, to support their endeavors and provide advice.
Jenny Stockman, from Framlingham Technology Centre, and Rebecca Smith from HSBC volunteered to advise the youngsters at Thomas Mills High School and they are enormously proud of the teams success and delighted that the Suffolk Show will provide them with a further spotlight.
“Misc were a really deserving winning company,” Jenny said. “They all worked really hard to come up with a relevant product concept, to market it, rise to all the challenges confronting them along the way and to create a profit.
“This opportunity at the Suffolk Show is a great one for them because it not only allows them to spread the word about their achievement, but also encourages more people to see how effective the concept of Young Enterprise is and of course, have the opportunity to actually buy one of miscs unique products from their range which also includes clocks and earrings.”
Christopher Bushby, Executive Director of Suffolk Agricultural Association, commented: “The Suffolk Show provides business people of all ages and of all levels of experience with an opportunity to meet an audience of 90,000 over two days.
“I’m delighted to be able to offer that platform to Misc and to encourage more people to be aware of the Young Enterprise initiative.
“One of the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s big objectives is education and advancement of young people in the county, so this fits perfectly with our intentions and I am very much looking forward to meeting the youngsters on the stand.”
Young Enterprise in Suffolk is overseen and advised by the “Suffolk Board”. This Board consists of a small number of volunteers from all walks of business/education/local authority life and chaired by Suffolk County Councillor Eddy Alcock. The ambitions of this Board are primarily concerned with preparing young people for the “World of Work”.
Patricia Hagan, Young Enterprise Manager for the Norfolk and Suffolk region, added: “We are enormously grateful to Suffolk Agricultural Association for this opportunity and are really looking forward to sharing the benefits of the initiative with so many visitors throughout the two days.”
Misc will be showcasing their products at stand 595.
For more information about the Suffolk Show and for tickets visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk.