This term we have seen 15 budding entrepreneurs across KS3 partake in the Virgin Money Make £5 Grow Club with huge success. Each student was loaned £5 from Virgin Money with the expectation of making their investment grow. The club's purpose is to ignite students' passion in business, develop their creative, team building and interpersonal skills whilst generating enterprising ideas to make as much profit as possible. With an array of different ideas this term, students clubbed together to make teams with some amazing concepts being taken into production. We have had a range of goods produced and sold including sweet cones, hot chocolate reindeer cones, personalised christmas cards, wish jars, chocolate bouquet raffles and a range of edible treats.
Students have enthusiastically sold their goods at two venues in the run up to Christmas. They partook in the Christmas Market at Ponteland Primary School and more recently set up stalls in the Grainger Market, Newcastle. All teams have had resounding success in their ventures with some teams generating more than £70 revenue from each event. Remarkable efforts from each and every student has contributed to having effective and efficient production lines, excellent interpersonal skills in trading and outstanding teamwork throughout the process which has supported their successes.
Going forward, the Enterprise Club resumes after the Christmas break where the students will reinvest their profits into new ventures in hope that their new inventions and innovations continue to build their profit margins up throughout the spring term. Congratulations to all who have taken part, they really are the next set of Alan Sugar and Richard Branson's.
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