Young entrepreneurs from Brooke Weston have sold an ‘exam-busters’ kit in two shopping centres as part of an on-going business project. The 14-strong team had to create and market a product. So far they have manned stalls in both Wellingborough and Northampton, with more sales events at trade fairs and schools in the pipeline.
The Year 12 students are taking part in the ‘Company Programme’ scheme run by Young Enterprise, where they have to generate initial cash by selling shares, manage a business bank account, develop a viable company, take part in trade fairs and ultimately compete with other school teams at local, regional and national level for the ‘Company of the Year’ title.
The Brooke Weston contingent is mentored by Ms Katie Larkin from RS Components and teacher Mr Browne. The scheme aims to develop confidence, creativity, teamwork, time management and goal setting skills and those taking part can even gain a qualification that gives UCAS points towards university entry.
After coming up with a ‘Simply Sorted’ kit that contains everything a student will need for exams, the Brooke Weston team spent three hours at their stall at the Swansgate Centre and pitching their idea to the Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Bhupendra Patel.
They also worked at the Grosvenor Centre for a day, selling the stationery and exam hints kits alongside stalls run by other school groups offering products like candles, recycled jewellery and pencil holders. The teams vie to win trophies for best product, best stall and best presentation at each retail event.
The Brooke Weston team is headed by Ben Middleton with Hemanth Jois as financial director. Hemanth said: ‘I am good with numbers and finance interests me so it was a logical role. I have got to know all of the team members and have uploaded all our accounts onto the Young Enterprise website.’
Ben said: ‘We are refining our ideas and strategies. I have learned how to be a better leader and am trying to motivate the rest of the team. We will reassign roles so people play to their strengths.
'Our mentor is really helpful as she talks to us at our level and gives valuable feedback. We gave the Mayor of Wellingborough a tour of our stand and he said it was one of the best pitches there. We are now planning to sell our packs in schools as well as trade fairs, so we are getting a selling strategy together for the new year.’