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Enterprising Youngsters Show Their Business Skills

Children from Lowca School took part in the Entrepreneurs scheme

SALE TIME: Children from Lowca School took part in the Entrepreneurs scheme. Here Sarah Glass admires the earrings created by pupils (l to r) Cameron Seth, Leonie Hardwick, Luke Stockton and Tyler Cornish Picture: John Story

Victoria Junior School pupils who raised money for Rising Stars

LEFT: Victoria Junior School pupils who raised money for Rising Stars
RIGHT: Victoria Junior School in Workington hosted a onesie day for Rising Stars

WEST Cumbrian school children learned the art of the hard sell this month as part of this year's Rising Stars competition.

Their business knowhow and bright ideas were put to the test as they worked to raise as much money as possible through a host of entrepreneurial efforts.

Youngsters ran everything from car washes and cake stalls, to handmade jewellery ventures.

Schools across Copeland and Allerdale played host to some of the centre's staff and project supporter, engineering firm Nuvia. They visited various classrooms to boost the teams and their money-making attempts.

Maryport Infant School's Terrific Tigers nurture group organised a variety of ventures including serving hot drinks to parents picking up their children at the end of the school, car washes, a magic show for their fellow pupils, and their most successful initiative — creating Mother's Day keyrings with photos of the children in fancy dress.

Teams from each school were initially given £50 to kick-start their projects and the Maryport group, of five to seven year olds, have so far raised more than £500 in profit.

Pupils at Lowca Community School made games and organised stalls for cakes, toys, jewellery and other items.

They also undertook some supply chain sourcing with local supermarket shopping to make the most of their money and maximise profits.

Their biggest business idea was a fun day held at the school at the start of the month.

Headteacher Joanne Crawford, said: "The children have thrown themselves into this project and have come up with some great ideas. They have been very enthusiastic in brainstorming sessions and helping to organise their fund-raising events.

"It has been a great project to help them use their skills from other areas of the curriculum including maths, science and communication skills. It is also encouraging them to think and learn independently."

Ivan Baldwin, business development manager at Nuvia, visited the two schools including St Patrick's Primary School, Workington, to offer advice and talk through ideas on business and leadership with the children.

He said: "It is great to see the children have really gone for it and are making plenty of money for good causes.

"They are all still very motivated so we can see the project has really captured their imagination. They have also grasped the idea of leadership.

"Through this process they are learning a lot of good skills and it's all doing good work in encouraging children to think about business.

"They are our local future workforce."

At the end of the project the winning school will be given £1,000 and a special prize will also be awarded for the most creative business idea.

All profits raised will go to the Cash for Kids charity helping disadvantaged and disabled children in West Cumbria.

West Cumbria Learning, May 2014

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