Business-savvy Greater Manchester students trade at the Manchester Christmas Markets in Piccadilly gardens.

Budding entrepreneurs who have set up their own businesses will sell their products to Manchester's Christmas shoppers in their first organized selling event sponsored by Avecto.

Students from more than 30 Greater Manchester schools, colleges and education centres will be vying to sell their products to keen shoppers on 9th December 2015. Trading will start at 11am and the teams will be selling their stock in order to generate income to develop their businesses further. More importantly to provide Manchester's public with some hand made gifts, cards and other useful present ideas for every occasion.

The young people have set up and started to run their own companies with the help of business mentors as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme that inspires Greater Manchester's next generation of entrepreneurs.

The students will develop eight key employability skills along their journey that will enable them in future careers. These skills being communication, organization, team work, problem solving, financial capability, resilience, problem solving and initiative.

North West Area Manager for Young Enterprise, Suzanne Lockwood said:

"We've seen some great businesses set up by young people in Greater Manchester this year and I wish all the students the best of luck."

Suzanne added: "Young Enterprise believes that young people 'learn by doing' and over the years countless young people have been inspired to start up their own businesses after taking part in our Company Programme,

"Setting up their own companies while still in school gives young people a unique real-life experience of business and enterprise and gives them invaluable practical skills that prepare them for the world of work."

Ben Audley - VP of Sales UK & Ireland for Avecto said:

"As a Young Enterprise board member for Greater Manchester, it's incredibly rewarding to see young people embracing opportunities. The entrepreneurial spirit they display is impressive and this initiative is a great way to develop further skills as they build their new businesses. Avecto is very proud to champion young people in business and I would encourage the local community to get behind the students and show their support at this fantastic event."

Teams taking part in the event are;

Loretto Grammar x 2 teams
Wigan UTC
North Chadderton
Trafford College
St Ambrose
Prestwich Arts
Stretford grammar
St Gabriels x 2 teams
Oldham Academy North
Withington Girls x 2 teams
Winstanley College x 2 teams
Hathershaw College
Bolton Girls School x 3 teams
Oldham Hulme Grammar
Audenshaw School x 2 teams
Grange School
Bury College
Pure Innovations
New Charter
Oldham Sixth Form
Stockport Grammar
Droylsden Academy
Ashton Sixth Form College
Newman College
Westhoughton School