Harlow students become shop owners for a day

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SUPPORTED STUDIES students at Harlow College discovered what it is like to run a business when they opened their own store ‘In the Making’ for a taster day selling goods they had made themselves.

Louise Cooper, who works within supported studies, gave an insight into how the shop came about: “It started with making things from recyclable goods. The Phoenix Resource Centre caught wind of what was going on and contacted us They started giving us resources, they had already bought the shop and offered us the space.”

The shop has been in the works for eight months and Louise told us she was ‘buzzing’ that it was finally ready to open.

She went on to add, “If you like arts and crafts made by incredible people this is for you. You won’t find something like this anywhere else.”

The shop was opened by  students and staff with help from The Phoenix on November 9 to allow friends, family and any prospective customers to purchase items.

One customer said, “Thank you for making my lovely bag and pencil. I will keep my crocheting in my new bag. And I wish you all a happy Christmas.”

Selina Avery, assistant academy manager for supported studies, said “This could lead to paid employment for some of our students. It’s good work experience for them. It will give them customer service and till skills.”

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Oliver Robinson

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