Growing success for Truro students

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A group of Truro School students taking part in this year’s Young Enterprise competition are seeing their start-up company go from strength to strength, after launching their product and winning several awards at the recent Young Enterprise Trade Fair.

The Year 10 students, who named their company The Seaweed Gardeners, launched their innovative plant food product to rave reviews from both customers and the competition’s judges, scooping awards for ‘Best Press Release’, ‘Best Marketing & Promotion’ and ‘Best Overall Company’ in the process.

Joint sales and marketing director, Amy Woodward, said: “We had some great positive feedback from the judges and our product and gift sets were very popular with customers. As a team, we enjoyed the whole experience, and we were really thrilled to win so many awards.”

Following their success at the trade fair, the team attended their school’s Christmas Fair, where their product again generated significant interest and sales.

Millie Collins, finance director for The Seaweed Gardeners, added: “Many people were interested in our product and were keen to ask questions to find out more. Our gift sets were really popular and overall, we had a very successful evening of selling.”

The students are now producing more of their product, soon to be stocked by Falmouth Garden Centre and Baileys Garden Centre in Penryn, and working on new packaging for their gift sets which will launched at Tesco Truro tomorrow (February 6) before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon for the national Young Enterprise Trade Fair.

Operations director, Emily Becconsall, said: “We’re working towards completely biodegradable packaging, so we’re really excited to have the chance to showcase our new designs to both local customers and a wider, national audience, ready for our next competitive trade fair in March.”