Students’ quirky Christmas gifts

(Back row, L to R) Business Lecturer Louise Johnson, Donna Briggs, Courtney Cave, Jack Tomlinson, Daniel Grint and Raymond Sharp Enterprise Coordinator. (Front row, L to R) Mark Rochester, Samantha Taylor and Jasmine Winch.
(Back row, L to R) Business Lecturer Louise Johnson, Donna Briggs, Courtney Cave, Jack Tomlinson, Daniel Grint and Raymond Sharp Enterprise Coordinator. (Front row, L to R) Mark Rochester, Samantha Taylor and Jasmine Winch.

A GROUP of enterprising students are hoping to get a share of people’s retail spending in the run-up to Christmas as part of a project.

More than 20 students at East Durham College, in Peterlee, have been involved in setting up, launching and running the Quirky Christmas Gifts Enterprise Project.

It will sell a range of novelty products including Snowman Soup, Retro Reindeer Flannels and quirky Gifts for Santa. The Level 2 Business Studies students showcased their products at the launch in the college atrium, at Willerby Grove, during last week’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, taking a number of orders from students and staff.

Kirsty Butterfield, 17 from Shotton, said: “I have really enjoyed planning for the product launch.

“We are hoping to make as much money as possible so we can pay back our business loan and hopefully have enough profit to organise a trip for the group.

“I also think doing something like this is great for my course because it is real business planning.”

Raymond Sharp, enterprise co-ordinator at the college, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the students to gain first hand experience in setting up a micro business.”