Emily’s prize: a day at work

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A TEENAGE entrepreneur spent the day learning the business of festive events planning as a prize for her ingenuity.

Sudbury Upper School pupil Emily Spooner, 14, helped Hollow Trees Farm Shop in Semer put on its annual “Tea with Santa” event, which sees around 50 children tuck into dinner at the shop before getting a visit from Father Christmas.

Emily was awarded the prize after being crowned entrepreneur of the day at the “Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur?” competition held by Babergh District Council last month.

Emily said: “It was such great fun – all the staff were really friendly and I would love to see them again.”

She spent the morning learning about stock and ordering, before helping to cost, organise and carry out the Tea with Santa event.

“They taught me the key things to remember and consider when stocking,” she said.

“Then I helped set the tables and, as customers arrived, I welcomed them and placed them at their table, which was all really organised.”

Shop owner Sally Bendall said: “I think Emily learnt that there’s more to doing an event like that, and running a business like ours, than people see from the front of house.

“She learnt a lot of business skills, she was wonderfully enthusiastic and asked a lot of questions.

“When she’s old enough, we would have no qualms giving Emily a job.”