AKS pupils in Year 12 have, once again, thrown themselves into the ‘Tycoons in Schools’ enterprise competition. For those who may be unfamiliar with this Tycoons is a national competition run and funded by the Peter Jones Foundation (the tall one from Dragons Den as one young entrepreneur eloquently put). With 2 weeks of trading already done, all groups have pitched successfully to the Ladies Luncheon Club and are beginning to develop their sales techniques and production methods.
The thrill of the first sale has been matched by the rapid growth of social media activity and the groups are beginning to appreciate the demands of running their own enterprises. The ‘Tycoons’ of 2018 have been set a very high bar by previous enterprises, highlights include: two visits to Buckingham Palace, community awards and a record sum of over £4000 raised for chosen charities last year. Moreover, there has been a number of hugely fulfilling visits to see where their money might be used in the local community.
Inspired by this AKS have 4 trading groups:
Bottle Boutique – upcycling wine bottles and a personalised bottle service for birthdays etc
….In A jar – cookie mixes and cookies, don’t stand still at a parents evening or sports fixture as they will sell you one.
Hebenly candles – a range of seasonal scented candles including a special one for Christmas Eve!
Mully Christmas – Mulled wine kits, mulled wine potpourri, Christmas spice car air fresheners, aka the Spice Boys.
Their chosen charities are Trinity Hospice, Barnado’s, Edward Dee Fund and Aiming High. It is typical of our students that they have supported these as some already do voluntary work or have a strong connection to them.
Bottle Boutique are currently first in their age group in the country, and the other groups are quickly gaining momentum as they have all covered their start-up costs. I do recommend you check out their social media sites to keep track of progress, and look out for them at any school function between now and Christmas.