The Trade Centre Wales has given support to The Schools Enterprise Project, an innovative community project to inspire pupils to think imaginatively and ambitiously.
Pupils from over 30 primary schools across Wales set up shop in Swansea’s Castle Square, to kick start the pioneering project which saw pupils as young as six selling all manner of goods; from home grown vegetables and homemade lemonade to upcycled items and craft products.
The special market is part of an ongoing drive to inspire pupils to think creatively as schools move towards the new curriculum for Wales. The event, which was organised by Alison Williams, Headteacher at Craigfelen Primary School received £1080 of sponsorship from The Trade Centre Wales which paid for stands and marquees hosting the children’s stalls.
Alison Williams said: “Craigfelen school has been developing its pupil’s entrepreneurial skills for a number of years now in a bid to make education motivating and fun while preparing our pupils for the world they will grow up in.
"Pupils from all the schools involved came up with some wonderful and creative ideas and seeing people come down and pick up a bargain or two was great to see! I’m so proud of what they have achieved. We had all the ideas for this project, but our budget is sparse so having sponsorship from The Trade Centre Wales was make or break for this whole initiative.
"In providing financial support, they are supporting a scheme that is helping to prepare our young children with the skills to ensure that they grow up to become creative, ambitious and capable citizens of the future."
Andy Coulthurst, CEO of The Trade Centre Wales, said: "We're a community-focused business, and so we are always on the look-out for new opportunities to support community initiatives like this one.
"Schools have to equip our young people with the skills and knowledge to inspire them to achieve the best they possibly can, so we are proud to help support Wales' young entrepreneurs in any way we can. Who knows, maybe we'll see one of the pupils selling here in our showroom one day."