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From education to entrepreneurship - students take Cardiff city centre by storm

From education to entrepreneurship - students take Cardiff city centre by storm

Six Coleg Gwent students were among peers from all six SE Wales FE Colleges who took away awards from the 2015 Trading Places having won the three-day entrepreneurship challenge in Cardiff pitched against 30 students from throughout South East Wales.
The awards were up for grabs this year and following two days of planning and one selling a range of goods to Christmas shoppers in the historic shopping quarter.
The budding young entrepreneurs from Coleg Gwent were Pontypool Campus students Jack Burton, Owain Nicholls, Kelsey Bishop and Ben Smith and Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone students Matthew Lewis-Richards and Cory Marshall.      
Chris Webb, Further Education Co-ordinator of First Campus at the University of South Wales, which organises and co-ordinates the event said: “Once again we’re so proud at how the students have progressed in just three days to become the entrepreneurs they were, running their own business for a day at the pop-up shop.”
“By demonstrating to young people what entrepreneurship is all about in such a practical way, supported by role models and entrepreneurs from Big Ideas Wales and the South East Wales FE Enterprise Hub, we hope many of those taking part will consider starting their own business or working towards it as a career option.”
Trading Places is a collaborative project between the FE Enterprise Hub and First Campus in partnership with the Morgan Quarter in Cardiff, NatWest, EE and the HE Enterprise Hub and Big Ideas Wales, the Welsh Government’s campaign to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs in Wales.
It aims to develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes through practical experiences and has been designed by the SE Wales YES Hub and First Campus to enhance links between education and industry in line with the Welsh Government's Youth Enterprise Strategy (YES) Action Plan for 2010-15.
Over three days students from Bridgend College, Coleg Gwent, Coleg y Cymoedd, The College Merthyr Tydfil, St David’s Catholic College and Cardiff and Vale College took part in Trading Places, now in its fourth year.
Coleg Gwent student Owain Nicholls was a member of the TLC team which won two out of the three team awards, determined by the panel of judges, for Highest Profit sponsored by EE and Best Business Plan sponsored by NatWest.
Students from TLC said: “It’s been a great experience. I didn’t think entrepreneurship was quite like this and we’ve learned so much about business and enterprise from the Trading Places event.”
“Planning and developing our business idea for the shop was amazing and to think that in three days we set up a business from an idea and went on to deal with real customers is something that we won’t forget. Running our own businesses is now something we’ll definitely consider.”
The third team award for Creativity sponsored by FE Enterprise Hub went to Team ELF. The Coleg Gwent member of Team Elf was Matthew Lewis-Richards from Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone.
Not only did students gain an insight into the world of retail and enhance their CV at the same time but they had the opportunity to develop essential business skills including: communication and negotiation; creative thinking and decision making; marketing and advertising; customer service; buying and selling and teamwork.

Team TLC
Tahlia Taylor, Owain Nicholls (Coleg Gwent), Karolina Dobija, Gabrielle Gabrizi, Geraint Griffiths,Lloyd Morgan

Team Elf
Chelsea Lewis, Kai Rees, Sophie Small, Kieran McGavin, Matthew Lewis-Richards (Coleg Gwent), Mali Lewis

Team Synergy 
Morganne Illett, Jack Burton (Coleg Gwent), Alex Davies, Carwyn Flower, Cullen Nicholls, Georgia Swainson

Team 5 is better than 6
Kelsey Bishop (Coleg Gwent), Casey Chinnock, Efan Davies, Alex Cheeseley, Jessica Hornby

Team P2 
Sam Alexander, Joel Donovan, Freya Bois-Delahay, Rebecca Cope, Cory Marshall (Coleg Gwent), Ahmad Reza-Ahadi-Pour

Team Identity
Natasha Parry, Gabriele Cammilleri, Megan Edwards, Jamie Callis, Chloe Parrish, Ben Smith (Coleg Gwent)


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