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Developing Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Thinking

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge is a UK-wide competition for schools, involving real businesses which set the challenges for the pupils. Every school that takes part has a winning team that goes to the finals event, where they enjoy an exciting day mixing with entrepreneurs and celebrities, with the chance to pitch their business ideas again and be crowned national winners 2015

Clithroe (5)In the 2013/2014 school year, 20,000 pupils entered the challenge. ‘BBC’s Dragon’s Dens star and multi-millionaire entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, was our ambassador and was also a member of the judging panel at the finals. Over 1,000 pupils and teachers attended the event which was held at the Trentham Estate, in the heart of England.

Our enterprise days are held at your school – run by our experienced enterprise education team. They deliver an action-packed day of fun and thought-provoking tasks, that help pupils discover skills they never knew they had.

In 2014, the KS3 Challenge was set by Theo Paphitis’ company, Ryman, the well known high street stationers. Pupils were asked to design a new pencil case that could potentially be manufactured and sold in shops.

Older pupils in KS4 (excluding Y11) were set a challenge by the innovative brand, Gandys Flip Flops. The social enterprise company was set up by two young men who were orphaned by the 2004 tsunami and were inspired to launch this successful business which now helps orphans around the world. Pupils were asked to identify a gap in the market and design a new Gandy’s flip flop to fill it.

Both projects encourage pupils to work as a team, communicate, engage, be creative, to think strategically and then pitch and present their ideas to their peers and judges. It’s often the case
that less academic pupils shine at these practical tasks and grow in confidence as a result. The challenge helps the pupils make the link between school and the world of work.

Chesham GrammarAt the end of every Enterprise Day, a winning team is chosen by the judges (usually a mixture of our team and school staff), and that team attends The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge finals day with two of their teachers at the end of the school year.

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