Students got a chance to show off their business skills last week when they set up shop in the Southside Shopping Centre.

As part of Wandsworth Enterprise Month, young entrepreneurs had a chance to sell innovative products including eco-friendly pet accessories; an encrypted USB stick to protect your data; and handmade reusable wax sandwich bags.

Phil Danter, business adviser for Young Enterprise and owner of Danter Consulting said: “Company Programme is a brilliant offering for young people and its impact on some of the students I’ve worked with has been absolutely tremendous.

"The confidence developed in selling their product, and then going on to present it at the competition later in the spring, is inspirational to witness – and for many of them it can be a window, or a door, into a whole new world for them.

"YE works with all different kinds of schools, and that’s what makes Southside Shopping Centre such a great day – everyone all working from the same starting point, learning together and trying to make that sale.”

Mayor of Wandsworth Piers McCausland, was on hand to help judge the companies and gave out the following awards:

  • Best Sales Team – Novatia (homemade reusable wax sandwich bags) from Putney High School
  • Best Product – Halcyon (encrypted USB sticks) from Kensington Park School
  • Best Trade Stand – Happy Tails & Co. (eco-friendly handmade pet accessories) from Emanuel School