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BSCS Young Enterprise team progress to regional final

Posted on Friday 18th May 2018 at 10:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the team behind Bradley Stoke Community School’s student business Phonic Farm.

A company set up by a group of thirteen A-level students from Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has made it through to the regional final of the Young Enterprise scheme after being crowned ‘programme winners’ in the area final.

Their business, Phonic Farm, is a literary company which sells phonic inspired cookbooks and recipes to encourage children to learn whilst having fun.

Guided by a volunteer business advisor, Nicole Crompton, marketing manager at Dunkley’s Accountants in Bradley Stoke, the students began their Young Enterprise journey last September. Their first tasks were to decide on a company structure and assign themselves individual roles on the board of directors, along with selecting a company name and a product range.

During the first term, various milestones were achieved, such as deciding to produce a Christmas cookbook with accompanying festive cookie cutters for their first trade fair experience at St Nicholas Market in Bristol. Here, the company did extremely well selling over £130 worth of product and being placed third within the overall Young Enterprise company competition on the day.

Following this success, the company decided to continue down the recipe route and develop a set of recipe cards. A second trade fair at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway in February saw the students sell £70 of product and receive positive feedback about the unique qualities of their product.

The area final, held on 26th April at Kingsweston House in Lawrence Weston, saw the BSCS students competing against seven other teams. The format of the event involved each enterprise using a trade stand to showcase their product to a team of judges, who also quizzed each group about their company reports. This was followed by a series of four-minute formal presentations, after which the judges retired to a ‘secret room’ to make their final decisions.

More: Team named ‘programme winners’. Next stop is regional final. »

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Young Enterprise at BSCS: A recipe for success?

Posted on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 10:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the board of directors of Phonic Farm.

Local accountancy firm Dunkley’s has partnered with Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) to launch a new programme for Sixth Form students.

The ‘Young Enterprise’ company programme runs throughout one academic year and enables students to make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs.

All this takes place with the support of a volunteer business adviser (BA) who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. Dunkley’s marketing manager Nicole Crompton has stepped up to be the school’s advisor for 2017/18.

The company, made up of thirteen Year 12 students, started their enterprise last September. Over the first few months, the students have been making big decisions from company structure and company name to the product they are going to sell and their individual roles within the board of directors.

Phonic Farm logo.

The enterprise the students have formed, Phonic Farm, is a literary company which sells phonic inspired cookbooks and recipes to encourage children to learn whilst having fun. Each of their recipes link to a character and, in their newest product launch, some of the characters go on adventures to give the children an additional opportunity to learn and let their imaginations grow with a themed story. The group have chosen an animal theme for the books as they are supporting a local animal charity by giving a proportion of each sale’s profits to them.

During the first term, various milestones were achieved, such as deciding to produce a Christmas cookbook with accompanying festive cookie cutters for their first trade fair experience at St Nicholas Market in Bristol. This took place on a crisp Saturday morning in December. Despite the cold start, the company did extremely well selling over £130 worth of product, being placed third within the overall Young Enterprise company competition on the day.

More: Hopes of progressing to the Young Enterprise area heats »

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Young Enterprise success for local company

Posted on Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 1:57 pm by Nikki Hallur

Students from St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol involved in 'Vitae', formed as part of the Young Enterprise scheme.

A group of Year 10 students from St Bede’s Catholic College have formed a company called Vitae which has become popular in the locality and won several awards for its original product. The team members and business directors include Ann Biju, Samuel Brady, Amara Fordham-Vizcaino, Gelo Tano, John Estopen, Kieran Wilson and Adam Ankudowicz. We spoke to managing director Ann Biju, who lives in Bradley Stoke, about the product her business sells and how her team works together.

“We have created a product that is centred around putting the life into music,” Ann told us. The young entrepreneurs are selling an increasingly popular headphone wrapping kit. It is a trendy product which enables users to buy headphones which wrap in a way that avoids them getting tangled. The team has won awards such as ‘Overall Best Team’ and ‘Best Trade Stand’ within the Young Enterprise competition. It was also selected to participate in the South West Area Finals on 5th May.

Ann says, “One of our company values is aiming high”, and part of this involves extending the business’s consumer base and audience. The team has been recognised for its customer service skills and wishes to reach and connect with more people in the local community. Ann adds that “although we are only young, with your help we can achieve our dreams and bring people closer through music”.

Ann says family and friends are delighted with how well the business is doing, selling a product that “perfectly fills a gap in the market”. They have also been impressed with how the team has conducted itself, showing passion and maturity with their business skills. Vitae sells its products at local trade fairs which have previously been held at local outlets such as Cribbs Causeway. For more information about the company and their product range, visit their page on Facebook.

Photo: Vitae team members man a stand at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

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