Highbury students get ready to help to rejuvenate the UK High Street

From left, Paul Stanley, Jo Crisp, George Heasman, Mercedes Bevan, Luke Galea and Bethany Bevan from Highbury College

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A GROUP of students from Highbury College’s enterprise society are travelling to Scotland to compete in the final of Test Town UK 2013.

The group will travel to Dunfermline, where they will exhibit their concept of a shopping mall made from old shipping containers and sell to the public.

Collective Futures, Highbury’s award-winning enterprise society, is one of 10 teams that has been selected from hundreds of entries, to test out ideas on how to rejuvenate the UK high street.

The finalists have received £1,000 to develop their concepts into working units that will be set up around Dunfermline’s city centre and trade to the public.

Jason Lodoiska, 23, is one of six students who will be travelling to Scotland to compete.

He said: ‘Our concept is inspired by Boxpark in London and it’s all about giving small businesses the opportunity to get their products and services out onto the high street. It’s all about redeveloping the high street in a sustainable way.’

During the week-long competition, the finalists are given two days to prepare their units before trading to the public over three days.

The team will also be hosting a presentation evening to engage with the local business community and encourage their support for the idea.

For more information about enterprise and entrepreneurship at Highbury College visit highbury.ac.uk or call (023) 9238 3131.