21 Feb 2012

Quirky and unusual party bags to take the stress out of party planning were the order of the day this weekend as Church High’s ‘The Party Bag Company’ walked away with the award for Best Product or Service at this year’s Young Enterprise Trade Fair at Metrocentre.

‘The Party Bag Company’ and ‘Imagine – Sense-a-Dough’, both from Church High School, joined over 25 student companies from across the region to sell their wares at the Young Enterprise Regional Trade Fair on Sunday 5th February at the Gateshead shopping centre.

The Young Enterprise programme gives students the opportunity to set up and run their own company over an academic year, mentored by experienced business advisers.

Students set up their stalls on one of the busiest trading days of the week and are encouraged to sell and promote their products to the general public.

Throughout the busy trading day each company was assessed for a series of awards, and Church High’s ‘The Party Bag Company’ was delighted to receive the award for Best Product or Service.

‘The Party Bag Company’ aims to design, make and sell party bags for boys and girls, which are bespoke, quirky and innovative. By providing these bags, the company hope to ease the stress of planning a party whilst ensuring that guests leave with a souvenir to remember to end an unforgettable party.

Hattie Hawks of ‘The Party Bag Company’ said: “Today has been a great experience for us and we are delighted to have been awarded the title of ‘Best Product / Service’.

“There was lots of competition at the event but it has been great to put into business practice the skills we have learned in the classroom and our hard work has definitely paid off.”

It was also a very successful afternoon for Church High’s ‘Imagine – Sense-a-Dough’ team which made an impressive number of sales and generated lots of interest from shoppers. Sense-a-Dough is a unique product which enables children to make their own scented salt-dough.

The product helps children to express their imaginative side through creating their own unique salt-dough and using the ‘Imagine’ salt-dough book; they can come up with different shapes, scents and colours.

The Young Enterprise Trade Fair is a great opportunity for students to trial run their businesses to the general public in preparation for the competition stages of the programme which will see them compete against each other on a local and strategic area level. The regional finals of Young Enterprise in which both ‘The Party Bag Company’ and ‘Imagine – Sense-a-Dough’ will be competing takes place on 19th April in Durham County Hall. At the event each company will make a presentation, file a business report and be interviewed about their company and its achievements.

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Photo: Church High School pupils, the team behind ‘The Party Bag Company’, celebrate with their winning product at The Young Enterprise Trade Fair