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Budding Student Entrepreneurs attend Ashington’s First Youth Market

Budding Student Entrepreneurs attend Ashington’s First Youth Market  
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Students at Northumberland College have caught the business bug and will be attending Ashington’s first Youth Market, which aims to encourage enterprise and life skills in young people by giving them a chance to sell their own products to customers on the high street. The learners, who are currently studying a range of different courses at the College, including Horticulture, Animal Care, Hospitality, Art and Construction, will be coming together to run four different stalls at the market on Saturday 29 April between 9am – 3pm, with help from the College’s Enterprise 10 team.

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 household items.   
 
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 knowledge.
"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 crucial."
 
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 unique frames.
 
"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 decision. 
 
"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 product.
 
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 enterprise10@northland.ac.uk.