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Broadhempston school's pupils take on the Apprentice Challenge

By Herald Express  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

WINNING WAYS: Winners and runners-up, from left, Shannon Potter, Luke Alderson, Deanna Potter, Verity Howl and , James McDouall

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LOOM bands have provided an enterprising path to profit for children at a South Devon primary school.

The Broadhempston youngsters heard the words 'you're hired' after taking part in a term-long enterprise project in the style of the television show The Apprentice.

Working in small groups, the children, aged nine to 11, had to start up and run their own business using a £30 loan from the school's PTFA as start-up capital.

Children were given a free choice of business, with ideas ranging from handmade dog treats to car washing and fancy dress photography.

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All six businesses were given a stall at the Broadhempston village fete where they were able to offer their products and services for sale.

Despite terrible weather on the day of the fete, every business returned a profit, with proceeds being distributed between good causes in the village.

The enterprise project was also run as a competition between the six teams, with the children being marked for their teamwork, business development and presentation skills as well as how much profit they made on the day.

The winning team was BNASH, comprising Luke Alderson, Deanna Potter and Matt Collinson, who jumped on the current craze by making and selling loom band bracelets and necklaces, as well as offering tutorials to children who wanted to improve their loom banding skills.

The runners-up were Beauty Button, comprising Verity Howle, James McDouall and Shannon Potter, who produced a range of decorative items which they customised with recycled vintage buttons.

Teacher Chris Partridge said: "Over the course of the whole term, the children have shown exceptional skills in developing and then executing a business idea.

"Not only was there a great amount of entrepreneurial spirit, but some superb examples of work ethic and understanding difficult concepts such as unit cost and interest rates.

"The winning team scored the highest marks as they consistently worked well together, developed their business idea by offering different products, and then gave a very polished presentation at the end of the project.

"However, all of the children should be applauded for their enthusiasm and hard work."

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