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North Herts
Education Support Centre

Little Deli

Product Launch - Press Release For The Comet

Student entrepreneurs launch their festive food product into the Little Deli, Hermitage Road.

Students at North Hertfordshire Education Support Centre continue to establish their business links and hone their entrepreneurial skills within the local business community.

A team of students at NHESC have entered a local Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, which offers the students to set up and run a business, gain organisational and job-related skills and to learn about the work and beneficiaries of their designated charity. Our team of students have been matched with a local business mentor (their dragon) and a local charity. The challenge is to turn £100 into £1000 or more for their designated charity.

The team of students have been recieiving business advice and support from Paul and Marie Clinton, owners of On the Green restaurant in Stevenage Old Town. The charity they are fundraising for is Carers in Hertfordshire. Carers in Herts support unpaid carers in the local community, currently their youngest unpaid carer is just 4 years old.

The team of students decided to approach Louise Whipp, manager of the Little Deli, based on Hermitage Road, to see if she would be willing to stock our Christmas Cake product – a fruit cake baked in a terracotta pot and decorated with a sugarpaste poinsettia. We are very grateful to Louise, who has been very supportive of our business venture. Louise is very supportive of local produce and said she would happily sell our cakes, with all proceeds going to the charity. The cakes are for sale at £5. Within minutes of delivering the cakes we had sold one to a customer!.

The students have several other activities and events planned, including a market stall at Jordans Mill Christmas Fair on 25th November and a stall in Hitchin market on Tuesday 5th December. Students have been very busy preparing the stock, ranging from wooden insect houses, Christmas cakes, a wide range of preserves, wreaths and hand made Christmas cards.

Linda Cudmore, fund raising lead for the charity commented “We are so pleased to be partnered with NHESC. The students have been really engaged and enthusiastic, a real pleasure to work with. It’s great to have young people fundraising for children who may be caring for a loved one at home”.

Kate Robinson, head of Business and Enterprise at NHESC said this project has given all of our students a fantastic opportunity to experience the world of business, from attending meetings as directors, making the important decisions, learning to work as a team and being involved in the production of a wide range of high quality stock.

Students in the photograph are all in Y11.

Quote from Billie: I am the Purchasing manager of the team so I had to make sure that the ingredients were all within our budget, but at the same time I had to make sure that they were of good quality and we had enough in stock.

Quote from Lilyella: I was involved in the production of the Christmas cakes. At first I thought it was a bit weird baking fruit cake in the pot, but once they were all decorated and finished, they looked really good.