From the College's Kirkley Hall campus, students will be
selling a wide range of plants and herbs and Kirkley Hall's
Zoological Gardens will be there with some of their reptiles. They
will also offer animal themed gifts and adoption packs.
Students from the College's Ashington campus will be selling a
range of handmade products, including baked goods, homemade bath
bombs, small batch soaps, DIY bird box building kits and decorative
Enterprise 10 is Northumberland College's programme that helps
students prepare for the world beyond college and aims to give
students real life experience of work and enterprise at events like
the Ashington Youth Market.
Shelley Mitchinson, Northumberland College's Enterprise 10
Manager, said: "This market is the ideal opportunity to get
students involved with the local community and for us to further
develop their enterprise skills.
"The experience will be invaluable for their future careers
and it will give students the opportunity to go out and meet real
clients and apply their new entrepreneur skills and
"Small businesses are the life blood of the economy, but
starting up is a big challenge so being able to support budding
student entrepreneurs to succeed and attend events like this is
Through the Enterprise programme at Northumberland College,
students can apply for a range of grants to help them start a new
business if they have an idea including the Kick-start fund.
The Kick-start fund offers grants of up to £250 alongside
guidance and advice from the Enterprise team to help student
business ideas flourish.
17-year-old, Level 3 Fine Art student, Chloe Glass, is one of
the first students to have been awarded the Kick-start grant to
support the set-up of her brand-new business, 'Cut Above'.
Cut Above creates bespoke decorative frames that are
personalised and cut using laser technology, for occasions such as
weddings, birthdays, christenings and engagements.
Chloe said: "My business started when I created a personalised
Mother's Day piece for my own mum. As more people saw the piece,
the orders started coming in and so far, I have sold and created 19
"I love creating these pieces and do it all in my spare time.
I start the process by sketching ideas, then inputting the designs
into Photoshop, then to illustrator, where the final editing is
complete, before the pieces are sent to print.
"To secure the grant I had to put my ideas forward in front of
an enterprise panel and then they asked questions and made the
"I'm so happy to have the support from the Enterprise team and
can't wait to start selling more of my creations and the Teenage
Market will my first ever event."
The Enterprise Hub at Northumberland College is open Monday -
Friday and gives students the chance to drop in and talk to the
Enterprise team about their ideas for business or developing a
As part of a £14m re-development, Northumberland College also
has a series of enterprise units, where students can run their own
businesses or test trade their business or product ideas.
Young People who are interested in starting their own business
or finding out more about how the Enterprise 10 team can help them
should contact firstname.lastname@example.org