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Sunshine and sales: bright future for Orpington’s young entrepreneurs


With the sun in full beam, 42 youngsters representing 23 new businesses set up shop for the second Orpington Children’s Business Fair, held at The Walnuts on Saturday 16th July.

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The stalls included newly launched businesses alongside some which began life at the first Orpington event in March. Organised by founder Sam Rogerson and local business adviser Lee Lam, with support from Orpington 1st, CBF believes that authentic, hands-on learning and real-world experiences allow young people to acquire key skills vital for life in school and beyond.

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The young entrepreneurs were tasked with designing/sourcing their own products, developing their own brand, working up a business plan, and selling to the public at the one-day marketplace. Wares this time round included jewellery, cupcakes, scrunchies and books.

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Following lengthy deliberation, judges Sam Rogerson (CBF), Sharon Baldwin (Orpington 1st) and Imogen Loucas from Start Up Bromley awarded Best Product, Best Stand, Best Sales Pitch, and Judges Choice – to Popstar Creations, Cuptakes, Mifa, and Comic Man Studios respectively.

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The next instalment of CBF takes place at Light Up Orpington on Sunday 20th November, inside the Walnuts Shopping Centre. Come along for some Christmas shopping and support the future of business.

Avaneesh 9 awarded Best Stand for his business Cuptakes

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