Young Retailers stretch power of sales pitch
MOVE over Sir Alan Sugar – a new wave of entrepreneurial Cheltenham youngsters have launched their own business ventures.
teams of Young Enterprise students from Cheltenham schools have each created a product and have been selling them at the Regent Arcade this week.
Three lucky teams will win a place in the finals of the young retailer of the year category of the Echo's Love to Shop awards.
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The schools taking part are St Edwards, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Sir Thomas Rich's, All Saints' Academy and Pate's Grammar School.
A make-your-own sock puppet has been created by All Saints' pupils.
Lucie Jelfs, 16, said: "We started the project in September and sold 61 of them to primary schools.
"We then made a lot more for a craft event in March. It took us a week to make another 70 of them."
Georgia McDonald, 16, from St Edwards, said the young enterprise she was a part of sold T-shirts dyed in many colours.
She said: "We've been taking T-shirts and dying them in all sorts of different colours and creating a variety of patterns.
"They are all slightly different from each other so no one T-shirt is the same as another.
"They are mostly popular with teenagers but we did have one older lady who wanted one as a night dress which surprised us."
Sarah Woodard, 17, from Cheltenham Ladies' College, was selling postcard prints clipped on to decorative bunting. She said: "Since we are a boarding school we want to create something that girls would be able to use to decorate their rooms.
"We also know that disposable cameras and prints are back in fashion so we create the postcards."
Romance was in the air on the Sir Thomas Rich stall with window baskets stocked with bath bombs, rose petals and scented oils.
Jemma Perks, 18, said: "They have been really popular in the run up to Valentine's Day and we have been giving away a free rose with them too."
Vicci Bethencourt, 17, from Pate's, had a stall of heart-shaped bracelets.
She said: "Each bracelet takes us about 20 minutes to make now.
"At first they took a good 40 minutes but as you make more, you learn to do them quicker."
There are 10 categories being contested in the awards.
Prizes will be handed out during a glittering black tie dinner and awards ceremony set took take place at Cheltenham Town Hall on February 27.
Tickets cost £45 and are available at www.digital-thisis.co.uk /gloucestershire/lovetoshop/index.html.