Powys: children from Powys reach the final of Wales based young business competition


A PRIMARY school in Powys has reached the final of a competition which aims to find the most promising young business talent in Wales.

Enterprise Troopers is a competition which showcases the business ideas of children aged between five and 11 across the country.

The competition run by Big Ideas Wales, the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Service aims to develop skills like teamwork, creative thinking and budgeting.

Pupils from the Carreghofa C.P School’s team in Llanymynech reached the final 12 in the country after impressing judges with their eco-business that aimed to put the ‘plant’ back into planting with the creation of Carreghofa Creative Kits.

The children in year 6 not only researched, designed and costed these kits but also began selling the kits at school.

The growing kits they’ve created include a recycled plant pot, compost pouch, seeds and pot decorations including pot-felt and googly eyes.

One of the growing kits

Tom Roberts, a teacher at Carreghofa C.P School, was very proud of the pupils and had a lot of praise for the competition.

He said: “I speak on behalf of all of the staff at Carreghofa and those at the Eco Committee when I say that it has been a pleasure to watch our young learners grow as not only students but budding young entrepreneurs with a handful of new skills to conquer with.”

“Enterprise Troopers has given our learners a reason and motivation to unlock their entrepreneurial skills and learn about a whole new area of life that they wouldn’t usually explore at such a young age at school, in a fun and exciting way.

“We’re very proud to be a part of such a supportive and encouraging programme and are lucky to have been able to watch each and every learner grow as they developed their own exciting eco-business.”

Meanwhile, Ysgol Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant from Oswestry was awarded a special Eco Award for their business Save the Tiger.

In their business the pupils created and sold a series of jungle-inspired Christmas cards to raise money for tiger conservation. They managed to sell 400 cards and raise £173 that they plan on donating to Born Free and WWF.

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