Students find the key to business

Lyn Horton and some of the young people at the market. Picture by Highlights PR
Lyn Horton and some of the young people at the market. Picture by Highlights PR

Bedlington-based charity Leading Link took part in a special young people’s Christmas market in Morpeth.

The enterprise market saw a total of 45 teams of young people selling festive wares.

Leading Link was commissioned by youth charity The Key to deliver an enterprise programme within a number of Northumberland schools.

It allowed students to create a product, research resources, look at budgeting, profit and loss and make their products to sell at the markets.

The groups had to go before a Dragons’ Den-style panel in order to receive their funding.

Lyn Horton, Leading Link chief executive, was delighted with the effort and skills shown by the young entrepreneurs.

She said: “They’ve really taken to the idea of creating a product, marketing it and sell it. We are grateful for funding from The Key which has allowed us to do this programme. It’s made a real difference tot he young people by giving them new skills, a different way of thinking and more self-confidence.”

Among those taking part in the Christmas market was John Strasenburg, from St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy in Bedlington.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed talking to the public at the market and it’s given me more confidence and experience which I can use when I leave school.”

Leading Link has operated the markets project all across the region with schools including Northumberland Church of England Academy Josephine Butler Campus at Ashington.