The 2012 Victorian Christmas Fayre Quaintly Reminiscent of a Bygone Era

The 2012 Victorian Christmas Fayre was an unprecedented success this year with bumper attendance levels as visitors from all over the country flocked to shop in our wonderfully historic and scenic City.

This year was particularly auspicious as the celebrations marked the event’s 20th anniversary and many of the organisers dressed up in period costume. Worcester, was extremely reminiscent of the Christmas spirit of a bygone era (I should imagine as despite slightly disparaging comments from my colleagues I am definitely circa 1950 and wasn’t around then).

Saturday 1st December was also a fantastic day for Young Enterprise company Littlebig Enterprises as not only did they sell £120’s worth of stock but they came third in Young Enterprise Cathedral Event competition.

For most of the students participating in Young Enterprise The Victorian Christmas Fayre is their first major selling opportunity and a taste of the bitterly cold weather as they set up their stands in the Cathedral Cloisters which are slightly more sheltered than a pitch outside.

Littlebig Enterprises from The Chantry in neighbouring Martley, were there in force selling their wares to an eager public. For them however, it wasn’t their first major selling experience as late in November they came to our premises in Hallow for a trial run.

Displaying a range of wooden products made from off-cuts Little big Enterprises sold chopping boards, bird boxes and innovatively designed vertical and horizontal wine racks. Other items they took to market and proudly displayed included clocks and bowls made from old vinyl records so essentially all of the company’s products were produced from recycled and reclaimed material.

Best in the business

This academic year (2012/2013) senior developer Mike Cook and marketing assistant and events co-ordinator Laura White, have been pleased to offer invaluable mentorship to the students at The Chantry.  Mike has done it before and is a Young Enterprise veteran but it’s Laura’s first time as a business advisor although she participated in YE’s company programme at school.

Mike and Laura’s support has been much appreciated by the students and their dedicated Link Teacher Natasha White, who is fantastically supportive of both Young Enterprise and Postcode Anywhere’s volunteer business advisors.

All the students participating in Saturday’s event should be applauded for their endurance and enthusiasm as selling their wares on such a cold day couldn’t have been easy.

For everyone in South Worcestershire involved in the Young Enterprise Company Programme the next important event is the 2013 Spring Fair which will be held in the Cathedral Plaza – a great venue with masses of footfall.

Young Enterprise is a registered charity that delivers enterprise education to students all over the country.  Company Programme, its flagship learning experience is a live business scenario devised to teach young people the skills for successful entrepreneurship. The year 10 students from The Chantry are amongst the youngest participating in the programme in South Worcestershire.

Postcode Anywhere has been supporting Young Enterprise for several years now helping the charity by contributing towards funding Company Programme, awards and bursaries as well as providing business advisors.

Postcode Anywhere’s managing director Guy Mucklow feels very strongly about supporting enterprise initiatives in the county and said: “For us helping Young Enterprise delivers a range of benefits. For example it enables members of our team to develop mentorship and leadership skills which are very important for personal career advancement. Often managing people can be a challenging and daunting prospect for inexperienced members of staff.

“For us as a business we are also keen to nurture entrepreneurial skills such as initiative, customer communication and innovative thinking as well as helping students to understand the basics of good business. They are our potential employees and investment in their development now will help to deliver future benefits for us as an expanding local employer.”