Young business owners from the University of Winchester had their enterprise skills put to the test as part of Global Enterprise Week.

Performing arts student Amy Bennett and business student Luke Allisstone set up a joint stand in Winchester’s busy Middle Brook Street on Friday, November 18, using the space to market their businesses Amy’s Cutie Pies and STiTCH.LDN. 

Winchester City Council was responsible for providing the two students with the use of a market stall as part of the University’s Enterprise Futures service, which provides support for student start-ups and alumni businesses.

Josh Armstrong, enterprise officer for Winchester University, said: “It’s all about reaching out to students and showing off what they can do. 

“We’ve got loads of student businesses all from different sectors and different degrees, and we are trying to make sure that our students grow into good professional careers after they’ve gone.

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“Having the stall here gives us that visibility - we can speak to people walking past to say here are two of our student businesses who are going to support the local area.”

Councillor Lucille Thompson, Cabinet Member for Business and Culture said: “As a council, we’re keen to support small businesses and retain local talent however we can - seeing Luke and Amy’s vibrant businesses in full swing this morning has been a great reminder of the importance of young entrepreneurs to our local economy.

“In providing this market space, we’re pleased to have been able to make a small contribution to the University’s fantastic Enterprise Futures service. For start-up businesses, it's projects like these that are fantastic for providing an insight into real business activity.”