Students set to battle it out for Market Challenge trophy

Young entrepreneurs compete in the annual Altrincham Market Challenge.

Trafford College students are preparing to go head to head in the ultimate enterprise test and battle it out to be crowned champions at the annual Altrincham Market Challenge.

Now in its fifth year, the event forms part of the national Love Your Local Market (LYLM) campaign and attracts hundreds of visitors every year. As well as presenting students with an opportunity to develop team work, enterprise and employability skills, the event also supports the College’s initiative to create a new wave of entrepreneurs who will contribute to the rejuvenation of Altrincham Town Centre.

Enthusiastic students from across the College have been tasked with creating an idea for a stall with a small budget, with which they have to buy their products or service, and market and design their stall for the market’s busiest trading weekend. The event takes place on Sunday 14th May between 10am-3pm.

A panel of judges including Dr Jackie Campbell, who owns a local business, Neil Clough Series 9 finalist from the hit TV show, ‘The Apprentice’, and Susan Aldridge, CEO Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce , will be tasked with the difficult decision of choosing the winning stalls. Prizes will be awarded for most profitable team (overall winner), best planning and research, and best dressed stall. The photograph above shows last year’s winning students and the judges: L-R: Student Christian Pye, Sue Aldridge, student Ricky Finnie, Jackie Campbell and Neil Clough.

Joan Scott, Director of Learning, commented, “The College is proud to be at the heart of the regeneration of Altrincham, working closely with local partners and the Chamber to keep abreast of new developments, and create new opportunities for local people. Students and staff love the chance to work in teams and work very hard to merchandise and sell all their products, and win the trophy! On 14th May we'd love the local community to come down and support the students.”

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