Huge Success For Brimsham Green Students at the West of England Area Finals

May 31 2017

A group of Brimsham Green School sixth form students have worked with business mentors from Marshfield Bakery to set up their own company as part of the Young Enterprise Programme.

A group of Brimsham Green School sixth form students have worked with business mentors from Marshfield Bakery to set up their own company as part of the Young Enterprise Programme.  Their company, Aquila Enterprises, produced cookies and hand-made framed Pixel Art based on favourite game and cartoon characters. 

The Young Enterprise Programme is a charity which works with schools throughout the UK to help them develop personal and business skills to enable young people to reach their full potential.

 Brimsham Green are the only school in South Gloucestershire to participate in the programme this year.  The students have to set up and run a real company - they select a board of directors, carry out market research, develop a product or service, manage their finances, promote their company, market and sell to the public.  As well as meeting during enrichment sessions in school students also met outside of school hours for presentation skills and report writing training provided by YE and to produce their products.  A lot of effort has gone into the research of pricing structures and suppliers for their artwork.  

During November they attended Marshfield Bakery to trial their cookie recipes and carried out market research.  They then sold the cookies at the first trade fair in December at St Nicholas Market, Bristol to help raise funds for their main product.

 As part of their fundraising they ran the ‘tuck shop’ in sixth form for several months, sold their cookies at parents’ evenings and during school productions and organised a Mufti Day at school.

 For their main trade fair at the Mall, Cribbs Causeway in February they sold their hand-made Pixel Art with their cookies alongside to tempt customers to their stand.  Whilst at the trade fairs they were judged by four independent judges on their customer service, layout of the stand, their journey and their products unique selling point (USP). 

On the 23rd March they attended the Area Heats at the Bristol Cathedral, this time they also entered the ‘Dragon’s Den’ and were interrogated for several minutes about their product, the journey, their marketing and company finances. 

The students have had a write-up in the Gazette on-line and spoken about their journey on Bradley Stoke Radio.  They are also selling their pixel art on Ebay and social media. 

On 3rd May the students attended the West of England Area Finals at Kingsweston House, Bristol.  They had to prepare a 10-page Company Report beforehand.  On the evening they were interviewed and judged on their stand and product, they then had to carry out a four minute presentation in front of all the judges, business advisors and other competitors.  Awards were carried out at the end of the evening and they came 3rd overall.  A huge achievement for all of the participating students. 

Sam Burney – Assistant Managing Director:  “It was amazing to come third in the Area Finals, we have really enjoyed YE and have learnt and developed so many skills.  It has been very hard work doing this alongside our A Levels but a brilliant experience and it will look great on our CVs.” 

The Business Advisors from Marshfield Bakery are happy for you to contact them if you would like a quote.  They are Jenny and Chris Conway  telephone number 01225 891709.