Last Saturday Coombe’s Young Enterprise Companies, Concorde and Alleviate, represented their Sixth Form with impressive enthusiasm and professionalism at the Kingston Trade Fair. They demonstrated their enterprising skills, dedication and hard-work amongst others. The morning started off with low footfall but the teams did not let this dampen their spirits and continued with their attempts to sell their products. By mid-day, the sun was shining and the numbers of people visiting the stalls and asking our students about their experiences in setting up their own companies started to increase. There was a great atmosphere overall where our students had the opportunity to meet the other local schools' students and shared their views on products on offer, their journey on the Young Enterprise Programme so far, the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them.
Concorde's Managing Director, Year 12 student, Farhan Khalid said: “It has been a good experience for me, as I have learned that only people with dedication can succeed in business. If there is no dedication then there should be no expectation. We did not win any awards from judges, but we are glad of the opportunity. Young Enterprise is mostly beneficial for gaining experience if you're looking to go into the business industry.” Varun Manoj, another Y12 student, was one of the key players of his team with his brilliant sales skills and friendly approach. Labiba Hoque, Daniyah Mahmood, Muhammad Syed and Mahfuz Ahmed also made a great impression on the Judges as to how they were able to explain their production methods and explain the story behind their 100% hand-made decorative flowers, which they produced as a team themselves.
Alleviate also managed to increase their sales in the early afternoon with the beautiful perfume pendants they were selling. The display on the stall looked very professional with the pendants hanging elegantly. Alleviate's Managing Director, Muhammad Sayani and his Company Directors Wing Kar Lam and Yea-Ji Lee, alongside other team members said they were very happy to have the opportunity to offer their product at such a prestigious trade fair.
The Kingston Young Enterprise Trade Fair had a surprise visit from Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London on the day. If you want to get a photo of his visit, here is the link: