Young entrepreneurs from Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham plan to capitalise on Christmas with unique gift ideas

The Thomas Mills young enterprise group, Yento, has produced some new Christmas gift ideas that they

The Thomas Mills young enterprise group, Yento, has produced some new Christmas gift ideas that they will be selling at various Christmas fairs in the coming weeks. Front L-R Katia Cardin, William Debenham, Guy Wilson, Milo Dring, Mabel McCabe. Back L-R Rob Reuben,Fletcher Morris, Callum McWilliams, Helen Mobbs, Megan Hammond,Francesca Auchterlonie. - Credit: Archant

Young entrepreneurs from a school in east Suffolk have created a range of unique gift ideas, which they will be selling at Christmas fairs across the region as part of a nationwide business competition.

Team Yento, from Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, has aimed to offer a collection of “innovative” products – including picture frames made from recycled copies of the East Anglian Daily Times – that would appeal to tourists, families or Christmas shoppers.

Members of the 13-strong team will be at Christmas fairs in Saxmundham (Saturday), Woodbridge (Sunday) and Framlingham (Friday, December 12) , hoping to capitalise on the gift-buying markets.

Mabel McCabe, the company’s managing director, said the “strong team is very passionate about our products”.

She added: “At our early meetings we were keen to keep Suffolk at the centre of our products, not forgetting the beautiful place that it is, and strongest amongst ideas were picture frames decorated using local newspaper print or shells, ideal for tourists to Aldeburgh or those interested in a pretty memento or gift – Framed in Fram seemed the perfect name.”

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Other products include a Games Bag, comprised of a draw string bag with a board printed on both sides, containing counters and cards.

Yento has already raised funds for its venture by running a games stall at the Framlingham Sausagefest 2014 in October and selling sweets at the school’s production which Miss McCabe said raised a “fine capital” while carrying out market research.

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Profits raised will be collated by the company’s finance director, Helen Mobbs, split between shareholders after the competition ends next summer. Yento will then compete in regional heats against other young enterprise companies and, if successful, on to a national final.

Miss McCabe said that whatever the outcome, it had been “an encouraging experience for us all”, helping to develop confidence and discipline, while forging new friendships.

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