Young entrepreneurs take the honours

Enterprise Challenge at Alnwick Garden.'The Duchess's High School team pitch their presentation.'Pic by Margaret Whittaker
Enterprise Challenge at Alnwick Garden.'The Duchess's High School team pitch their presentation.'Pic by Margaret Whittaker

BUDDING entrepreneurs have been rewarded for their retail efforts.

Youngsters who took part in the Alnwick Garden’s enterprise challenge were honoured in a prize-giving ceremony at the attraction.

Enterprise Challenge at Alnwick Garden.'Phil Haynes retail consultant  (centre) with pupils who took part.'Pic by Margaret Whittaker

Enterprise Challenge at Alnwick Garden.'Phil Haynes retail consultant (centre) with pupils who took part.'Pic by Margaret Whittaker

The challenge encouraged the students to develop their business acumen and creativity to sell products for the highest profit.

The Garden offered stock from its gift shop and a small amount of start-up money to each of the groups, who were then challenged to sell those products in as many imaginative ways as they chose to make the most profit and win a prize for their school.

First and second prizes of £1,000 and £500 were awarded to Collingwood School and Media College and Hirst Park Middle School respectively.

These schools generated the most amount of money – with Collingwood School and Media College making an incredible £924.30.

Haydon Bridge Community High School won the third prize of a set of family tickets to The Alnwick Garden, and Prudhoe Community High School won the special Golden Frog trophy for all of their business efforts.

Some of the groups identified their fellow students as their target market, whereas others looked to their local communities. The students came up with all sorts of imaginative ways to make a profit, including school fairs, raffles, market stalls and even a venture onto eBay.