Crawley students run market and raise charity funds

Students running stalls in Crawley market (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150616-105709008
Students running stalls in Crawley market (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150616-105709008

Crawley students have helped raise more than £4,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice by taking part in an entrepreneurial challenge organised by the town’s Barclays bank branch.

The company arranged for the market in Queens Square to be available for students to run their own stalls for a day in last month.

The young entrepreneurs displayed their stock, decided their pricing strategy then spent the day selling their wares.

Each school had two or three stalls, each with five students and two Barclays employees to guide and support them.

Schools taking part were Ifield Community College, Holy Trinity CofE School, St Wilfrid’s Catholic School as well as the Forest School in Horsham.

The event was organised by the Barclays Corporate and Retail teams in Crawley.

Martin Bonner, head of business and corporate banking for Barclays in Sussex said: “The aim of the event was to help young people to develop their financial skills and to improve their understanding of the business world.

“They were amazing on the day really getting into the spirit of the event by engaging with shoppers and working hard to maximise sales by adjusting their pricing and building in innovations such as buy one get one free.

“Every young person who took part in this challenge should be proud of what they achieved.

“They were a credit to their schools and it gives me a lot of confidence in the future to see how they took to the task they were set.”

The event took place with support from Crawley Borough Council who waived the cost of the market square, the stalls and gazebos.

Local businesses also supported the event by providing stock and prizes for the young traders.

They included WH Smith, Heyland & Whittle Ltd, Sian Trading, Starbucks and local garden centres.

A prize was awarded by the judges to Holy Trinity pupils for the Best Run Stall; St Wilfrid’s students won the award for the most profit made and the prize for the outstanding young entrepreneur of the day went to a student from Ifield Community College.

In addition Barclays arranged for the Barclays Premier League Trophy to visit Queens Square, which proved popular with football fans who took the opportunity to have their photos taken with the Trophy.

The students raised more than £2,200 selling their wares on the day.

Barclays agreed to match the amount and donate it to St Catherine’s Hospice so a total of £4,469.66 was given to the Crawley based charity as a result of the event.