January 24, 2013 3.00 pm This story is over 129 months old

Lincoln enterprise event adds extra fun to shopping

Enterprising youth: To inspire young people in the city, a special trade fair will take place in the Waterside this weekend.

An event aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship amongst young people in Lincoln is set to prove interesting for both students taking part and shoppers.

The eighth Young Enterprise Fair in the Waterside Shopping Centre promotes young people working together, problem solving, and the basis of running a business as part of Lincoln Young Enterprise programme.

Over 100 students from Lincoln Castle Academy, The Priory Academy LSST, William Farr C of E Comprehensive School, Lincoln Minster School, and more will take part.

Meanwhile, shoppers can pick up recipes from some of Lincoln’s restaurants, such as the Old Bakery, the Castle Hotel, the Cheese Society and the Wig & Mitre.

Students with their own businesses will also show off their creations at the fair.

William Farr student Chloe Jacklin (16) and managing director of Couture Nails, said: “The Waterside trade fair is a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our new nail designs.

“We’ve had a great reception so far having sold them at the Welton Christmas market and Welton St Mary’s Primary School, so we are hoping they will go down well with the Lincoln public here too.

“I’ve loved being part of the Lincoln Young Enterprise programme — it has allowed me to work with students outside my subject study area as well as giving me the opportunity to learn what the world of business is like.

“We funded our start-up through holding a disco and cake sale – and we are all hugely passionate about beauty and nail art, so we really have managed to turn what we love doing into a successful business.”

Chair of the Young Enterprise Greater Lincoln Area Board Joseph Siddall said: “In the UK youth unemployment is unacceptably high, so we are trying to do all we can to ensure the young people of Lincoln become more employable.

“We are running the Young Enterprise Company Programme across schools in Lincoln to help our students can gain confidence and enhance their career prospects, either through getting a job or gaining a place at University.”

The event will take place on January 26 in the lower mall, between 9am and 5.30pm.