Bradford College played host to the best in new entrepreneurial talent, with the launch of the Bradford Enterprise Academy’s Bradford College Spring Fair.
Inspired by the likes of Sir Alan Sugar, J.K Rowling and Richard Branson, students and staff used their entrepreneurial skills to sell a wide range of handmade products, including: jewellery, handmade bags, toys, artworks, cards, photography, ceramics, amazing buns and cakes and much more.
Visitors to the fair were also treated to free beauty treatments, tasty treats from Lahore Café Bar and children’s face painting and balloon modelling.
The fair is supported by Bradford Council`s Kickstart enterprise service and has been sponsored by local businesses Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, Red Dezign and Lahore Café Bar.
Satnam Singh, Director of Red Dezign backed the initiative and said: “In these hard times it’s very important that we encourage and nurture enterprising ideas whenever we can. It’s these ideas that can lead to great things, so when the opportunity arose to show my support I didn’t hesitate to act.”
Director Satnam Singh continued: “Hopefully, the students involved with the Spring Fair will be the future leaders and innovators amongst their own generation. I wish them all the best and offer my support whole heartedly.”
Speaking at the event, Ashgar Ali, the Chief Executive of Lahore Café Bar said: "Lahore are delighted and proud to be supporting the Bradford College Spring Fair. Encouraging local students to think ‘enterprise’ is a core part of our social responsibility strategy and we hope that the students can be further motivated by the success that Lahore has achieved locally."
Amjad Bashir, Zouk Chairman reflected: “At Zouk many of our customers are students and we are really pleased to support the Bradford College Spring Fair. I think initiatives such as this, provide students with an excellent opportunity to gain experience and insight into operating and launching businesses. They can also benefit from interacting with customers and gaining valuable feedback on their products.’
Commenting on the Spring Fair, Michelle Sutton, Bradford College’s Principal, said: “The last Enterprise Fair at Christmas was a real success and I’m delighted to see just as many people at our Spring event.”
“There is a very high quality of product on sale and all of the students here have taken great pride in what they have achieved.”
Reflecting on the success of the fair, Activities Manager, Lenka Kaur said: “It’s fantastic to see so many enterprising students taking part in the event - and the variety of products on sale. The feedback we’ve received from visitors has been incredibly positive - which is inspiring our students to become the future business leaders of tomorrow.”