Monday, 2nd August, 2021

The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce is proud to co-ordinate the Young Enterprise Scheme across South Canterbury, recognising the importance of igniting leadership and commercial skills in our young people.

  • How many teams/ schools took part in the event and how many stalls were set up?

Overall, we have 12 Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) companies participating in the South Canterbury YES for 2021. These teams come from Mackenzie College, Roncalli College, Craighead Diocesan School, Mountainview High School, Opihi College, Timaru Boys High School and Geraldine High School. At the South Canterbury YES Market we had 4 YES companies attend, Smile Cards, Healthy Glow, B-AbleNZ and Food Fight.

  • What did the teams sell? 

Smile Cards sold creative cards displaying their photography and artwork. These cards can be purchased with the Smile Cards designs or with your artwork on them, perfect for families, schools and community groups.

Healthy Glow sold honey and cinnamon facemasks. Healthy Glow almost sold out of their popular face masks at the market and are looking at expanding their product range.

B-Able NZ mission is educating, supporting and raising awareness for those with learning disabilities using the purple hand movement. The purple hand badges they sell are a signal of solidarity with those who have learning disabilities.

Food Fight is a Canterbury team who joined in the South Canterbury Market Day. Food Fight are on a mission to educate children on nutrition and have created a card game full of nutritional facts.

  • The motive behind this event?

YES Market days happen prior to the sales challenge due 30th September. Market Days are a part of our students YES journey and give them an opportunity to gain valuable skills in a customer facing sales situations all while making sales for their next challenge.

  • How was the response/reception from the audiences? How did the students enjoy the experience?

The Market Day reception was brilliant. The community rallied around our South Canterbury YES students. Many community members attended the market to support our YES students. Our students all reported as having gained valuable experience and enjoyed the customer service aspect of the market day.  Mayor Nigel was also a keen supporter on the day – this created quite a buzz for the teams.

  • Will the event be held on a regular basis or when will it be held next?

Keep an eye out in your local markets as all of our YES companies have expressed interest in attending markets around South Canterbury. The next Young Enterprise YES market day will be held in August 2022 with our 2022 YES students. YES has been offered 2 exhibitor stands at the  South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Innovate Conference held on the 3rd November. Our students are very excited about the opportunity to speak to the business community about their products and YES year.

  • Is there anything else that you would like us to know regarding the event?

Stacey Gallagher Co-ordinator for YES South Canterbury said “I would like to thank the Timaru Artisan Farmers Market and the South Canterbury community for supporting and inspiring our young leaders! The next major YES event is the Regional Finals where the Regional winner will be chosen to attend the National Finals in Wellington in December. If you would like to support our YES companies further check them out on our Facebook group – YES South Canterbury.”