BID Backs a Primary Case of Enterprise in Swansea

June 11, 2019 3:40 pm

Young entrepreneurs from primary schools across Swansea will gather at the Primary Enterprise Market Day, in Castle Square, on Friday 14 June, to sell innovative products they have made.

The pupils have been part of an on-going project, Young Dragons, to boost entrepreneurial thinking and practices among young people, in a bid to embed key business principles in them at an early age.

Pupils from thirty-five primary schools have been preparing products to sell at the Primary Enterprise Market Day, with the scheme being backed and sponsored by key local bodies and groups with an interest in enterprise, Swansea BID, UWTSD (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) and Swansea Market.

The Primary Enterprise Challenge originated from Mini Dragons, a project devised by Sue Poole, formerly of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Education and now Director of Young-Dragons CIC.

Alison Williams, Headteacher at Craigfelen Primary School, who has been instrumental in inspiring other schools to take part, said: “Craigfelen has been developing pupil’s entrepreneurial skills for the last six years and has been keen to share the practice with other schools across Swansea. This is the fourth project and it has been the biggest and best yet.”

The project has enabled teachers from participating Swansea schools to take part in workshops run by UWTSD to equip them to deliver the projects and enhance their ability to include enterprise activities in the school curriculum.

This has helped the children involved to develop life skills such as creative thinking and problem solving intended to inspire them to aim high and achieve their goals in life.

The children have developed business plans to support their products which will be scrutinised by a team of judges on Market Day who will later visit the schools to hear pupils pitch their ideas and evaluate their plans.

Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive of Swansea BID, said: “We are very happy to support The Primary Enterprise Challenge. As a BID we see how pivotal sharp entrepreneurial skills are to local economies. Our own City Centre is full of businesses of all kinds – from the smallest start-ups to large concerns – which all see gifted entrepreneurs at the helm, refining their offering to meet shifting consumer needs, driving profitability and providing valuable local employment. We have long felt that valuing and promoting entrepreneurial skills among the young is one of the keys to future-proofing our regional economies, so it is great to see so much enthusiasm among young people for this scheme.”

The school that makes the most profit will be announced at a Grand Final, hosted by Kevin Johns in the Brangwyn Hall on Thursday 11 July where every pupil who has been involved will receive recognition of their achievements.

The stalls will be open from 10.00am – 2.00pm on Market Day.

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