Within the Aspire Business & Enterprise Academy 2023/24 Young Enterprise Company Programme we had the highest number of students register.
This meant that we created two YE teams that will not only compete against each other but also against all the other school teams in Hertfordshire.
Having established the teams, and their all-important names, the teams set about creating products for sale.
One team, ‘Embrace’ created some beautiful bracelets which sold very well including a personalised option where customers could choose their own colours and design to be made in front of them. Our other team ‘Recorked Charm’ is focused on sustainable products all made from corks and they started with Christmas gifts and decorations such as reindeers and trees.
At the beginning of December both teams attended the Ware Dickensian Evening where they set up their stalls and sold directly to the public taking both cash and card payments. Despite the freezing cold temperatures, the students showed outstanding resilience and determination creating and presenting their stalls which looked professional and welcoming. Both teams managed to sell many of their products resulting in profits.
It was amazing to see the confidence of the students grow as they spoke to many members of the public explaining what they were doing and selling their products. Feedback from the students included; “We managed to work as an effective team while approaching customers in a friendly manner giving us first-hand experience selling to people.” And “We had a great experience selling our products and greeting new people in Ware”.
This year, both teams, have decided to support a charity very dear to both their own and schools’ heart; Chrisoforos Charity Foundation. To do this they have all provided one share of each business so that a portion of any profits will be donated and in addition they promoted the charity at events with a donation bucket for collections.
We are very proud of their hard work and dedication, along with their accomplishments to date and we are looking forward to what they will deliver in the coming months.