Christmas Market success

The business of the Christmas market caught by student, Pippa Beston.The business of the Christmas market caught by student, Pippa Beston.For the second year running the B-Enterprising team in the Careers and Employability Service held a Student Christmas Market in PJ Hall, Main Arts recently. The turnout and support from staff and students was overwhelming and B-Enterprising would like to express their thanks to everyone who took part and contributed to its success.

The University’s Director of Student Experience, Maria Graal, kicked off the festivities with her opening address.  She said ‘Since last year the Christmas Market has actually doubled in size. We have so much entrepreneurship existing amongst our student body. However, it’s important to say that the work that B-Enterprising does to promote enterprise skills is not just confined to the Christmas market. There are year round activities so students should get in touch with B-Enterprising … Thanks to everyone who has given their time and expertise voluntarily for today’

Another image by Pippa Beston.Another image by Pippa Beston.The festive spirit continued with the ‘9 to 5 Brass’ quintet followed by music from Tom Sayer, The Trinity Singers, Cantiqua Nova and Cedric & Friends, all students and staff of the university.

The event which was funded by the Welsh Government attracted over 1,400 visitors with over 70 stalls run by 150 enterprising students. The variety and quality of goods on offer was highly impressive ranging from handmade jewellery and stocking fillers to cakes and raffles.  Delicious hot festive food including mince pies and mulled wine was available courtesy of Bwyd@Bangor.

This was a great opportunity for staff and students to exercise their creative and enterprising skills in a fun and risk-free environment whilst raising some money for charity.

Mark Stevens, a stall holder on the ‘Asha Hope for Girls’ charity stall, said ‘This is the first time I have experienced this kind of event – I’ve found it unique, festive and very friendly.’

The Careers and Employability Service would like to thank all of the students for their efforts and for making this such a wonderful event for the university.

Publication date: 14 December 2011