Local teenagers launch website for fair trade Glastonbury shop

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By abbie_glasto | Thursday, April 11, 2013, 11:16

Three local teenagers have designed and produced a new website for an ethical Glastonbury-based company.

Padma, a fair trade and ethically sourced shop, based in Glastonbury, needed help re-launching their website and engaging with their customers through social media.

Three students from Bridgwater College, studying Computing and IT, were selected to take on the challenge after a pool of 20 students presented their ideas to the company.

Chris Evans, aged 18, Chris Ross, aged 18, and Bradley Chinn, aged 17, all from the were all part of the winning team, and as well as receiving the opportunity to work on the project, they received a Google Nexus 7 tablet and a wallet made from recycled tyres containing £100 each.

They also have the opportunity to continue employment with Padma in the future.

Chris Evans, from Bridgwater said: "When starting this project, I had no idea how successful we would be. Five months on we have a website up and running on schedule.

"Throughout the project I have been challenged with leading the design and implementation of a prototype website and I have also had a part in the technical side of the project, which I have thoroughly enjoyed!"

Chris Ross, from Wells, formerly of The Blue School added: "This project allowed us to put everything we learnt into practise in a real-life scenario and gave me experience in working to strict deadlines and in a business environment.

"It helped further my IT knowledge and I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to reach out to the widest possible audience in the most effective way."

Karen Skittrall, College lecturer said she was proud of the students' hard work on the project and grateful to Padma for the opportunity.

"It has been a pleasure working with the students on this project," she said.

"they have been totally committed and have worked really hard to achieve the website re-launch on time, gaining valuable real life experience with employers.

"I would also like to thank Padma Glastonbury for the opportunity that they have given to the students."

Sue and Rich from Padma said, "It has been a fantastic experience working with everyone from the College, but especially Chris Evans, Bradley Chinn, Chris Ross, Alan Chandler and Karen Skittrall."



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