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Budding entrepreneurs from Churnet View Middle School host market stall

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • From the left: Megan Eyre, aged 12, Paige Birks, aged 12, teacher Victoria Shepherd, and, at the front, Gus Beach, aged 12, and Nataniel Wgpych, aged 12.

  • Above: from the left: Megan Eyre, aged 12, Paige Birks, aged 12, teacher Victoria Shepherd, and, at the front, Gus Beach, aged 12, and Nataniel Wgpych, aged 12.

  • Andrew Hambleton.

  • Joseph Belfield.

  • Mathew Grindey.

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Budding entrepreneurs have been making cash by hosting a traditional market stall.

Pupils from Churnet View Middle School, before they broke up for the school summer holidays, hosted a stall at Leek's weekly Wednesday market.

The team of eight had already produced many of the items which they sold from the Market Place in Leek, including trinket boxes, jewellery, and bird boxes.

They also sold robot kits and loom bands during the initiative which was part of the Churnet View Enterprise Group work.

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With the trading name of 'Cyber-Trink-Flow', the team did so well on the day that they sold out of many items and exceeded their initial profit target of £100.

Andrew Hambleton, aged 12, said: "It has gone quite well today selling out on a number of things.

"It has been quite exciting and has helped me with my confidence helping on the stall today."

Joseph Belfield, aged 12, said: "We have been selling homemade products to raise money for Macmillan and for future businesses next year.

"We sold bird boxes, loom bands, hydrazoids, flowers and trinket boxes and I have really enjoyed it.

"It has helped us learn how to make different things and we learned how to interact with customers and sales skills."

Mathew Grindey, aged 12, added: "We ran the project completely independently with us buying products.

"We also organised the day at the market with our own market research, and sold the products on the day. I have found it very exciting and that it has helped me to build up my confidence."

Class teacher Victoria Shepherd said: "The pupils had to go through an interview process to get into the enterprise group and then had to carry out their own research ahead of asking for investment from people at a 'Dragon's Den' style. They have all done really well today."

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