The New Biz Generation.
The next generation of young entrepreneurs will be strutting its stuff in Haywards Heath’s Orchards Shopping Centre on Saturday 14th March in the hopes of tempting us – as well as perhaps a local venture capitalist – with their million–dollar ideas.
There are ten Young Enterprise companies this year, formed by students from our local schools. Each has had to create a real company in order to immerse themselves fully in the world of business, with pupils taking on typical management roles – managing director, finance director, marketing director and so on. Each company has had to plan the business from scratch: what products to sell; how to source them; how to market them; and, of course, how to balance the books, pay VAT and Corporation Tax and, hopefully, make a profit. Local business leaders also take part, acting as mentors to the aspiring entrepreneurs.
The companies, from Warden Park, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Hurstpierpoint College, St. Paul’s Catholic College, Worth School and Imberhorne School, have been working hard and promise some pretty tempting ideas and products, including cutting edge gadgets, designer scarves, radical clothing, special soaps and handmade gifts. And with the overall winner of this year’s Mid Sussex programme going on to the County Finals in May, there’s a great deal to play for!
Orchards Manager, Nicola Bird, is delighted to be hosting this Start-Up Show: “Supporting Young Enterprise is exactly what we all must do; they are our success stories of the future. Big global companies began with just such ideas and it would be great to see one of our young entrepreneurs reach such dizzy heights in years to come; wouldn’t we be so proud?”
If any local businesses would like to know how they can become involved with Mid Sussex Young Enterprise, contact Steve Tilbury on firstname.lastname@example.org.