Mini entrepreneurs across Stockton Borough have tried their hand at setting up in business.
The exciting enterprising activities were held to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week – a world-wide campaign to expose people of all ages and backgrounds to the world of entrepreneurship.
The start of the week saw children from nine schools come together for a special Bright Ideas Primary Challenge at Billingham Community Centre.
The challenge saw young people aged nine to 11 years work together in small teams to come up with innovative business ideas and pitch their ideas to business mentors to get their business off to a start.
Youngsters aged 13-16 from Redhill Education Centre successfully sold jams and preserves from their very own counter in the new Enterprise Arcade building on Stockton High Street.
The pupils not only created the products but have planned all aspects of their self-funding business which is called ‘Nannie Nora’s’. Setting up the project from scratch has seen the young people develop key entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills, provided valuable work experience and boosted their self-esteem.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “This is the fifth year running that we have run a series of enterprising events to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week.
“We want to foster entrepreneurial spirit in Stockton Borough as early as possible to help new generations of youngsters boost their skills, be employable and improve opportunities for our residents to embrace self-employment.
“Many of the young people taking part will further develop their skills by taking part in the Stockton Sparkles Christmas market in December – a perfect opportunity to expand their entrepreneurial skills while seeing first-hand what practical issues new businesses can face.”
If you would like to find out more about how Stockton Council is supporting enterprise in Stockton Borough please telephone Alison Machin, Stockton Council’s Enterprise Coordinator on (01642) 527573.