Entrepreneurs young and old show products

The Young Enterprise Scheme is a growing trade in Taranaki and at last night's fair students' business ideas were also expanding.

Close to 100 students, 22 teams in total, displayed and pitched their products to the hundreds of Taranaki Chamber of Commerce members and the public.

This year the YES fair was held in conjunction with the chamber whose members were also showcasing their products.

YES regional co-ordinator Annette Kettle said last night's fair was about the students' customer service and display.

"There will be another fair at Centre City next month where the students will be purely there to sell their product," she said.

Last year there were 16 teams involved with YES.

Three judges were assessing the stalls last night and the prizes would be handed out at the awards ceremony at the end of the year, she said.

"Before that they have to complete an annual report assessment," she said.

A first-time business displaying at the Chamber of Commerce fair last night was Stratford landscape gardener Layne McDonald.

Mr McDonald owns Space and Time Landscapes and has been a member of the chamber for a year.

"These sorts of things are great for people like me who can't afford the cost of a BA5," Mr McDonald said.

Mr McDonald said that, despite tough economic times, business was still going well.

"I would have thought landscaping would have been one of the first businesses to go but there's still people with money out there," he said.

"I also do a lot of riparian planting for the Taranaki Regional Council so that keeps me going over the winter."

Taranaki Daily News