The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge has incredible sponsors supporting the challenge and has helped us become bigger and better every year to deliver the best national enterprise competition in the UK. Each year two companies set real life challenges which push students to think in both a creative and entrepreneurial mind set.

The Inspirational Learning Group



Ryman Is the UK’s largest stationery company owned by our proud Ambassador Theo Paphitis. Ryman have sponsored the challenge since 2013 and launched many forward thinking challenges, these include a KS3 challenge to design and pitch a brand new pencil case (2014) and a brand new app for Ryman (2017). We are thankful to have Ryman supporting us again this year and they are also our case study for our key stage 4 challenge.

The challenge will continue to be called The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge for the academic year 2017-2018

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University have also supported our challenge from the very beginning. Our company founders, Michael & Ben Dyer are both Staffordshire University graduates. At Staffordshire University they promise that every student who studies there will be ‘work ready’ which forms part of their ‘Staffordshire Graduate’ pledge.

The deal also sees Staffordshire University ambassadors assisting in the delivery of The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge across the country.

For more information on the Staffordshire Graduate pledge click here


OCR is a leading UK awarding body. They provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes.

OCR have supported the challenge since 2013 and in 2016 they launched their range of ‘Being Entrepreneurial’ qualifications which our challenge Directors and co-founders Ben and Michael Dyer were involved in during the development stage.


To view more information on the ‘Being Entrepreneurial’ set of qualifications click here


The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge were proud to announce 3aaa as our official Apprenticeship provider in 2015. In 2014 3aaa were our entertainment sponsors, which allowed X-Factors Only The Young and ITV2’s Tricked Star Ben Hanlin to perform at the finals.

3aaa is an outstanding training provider of Apprenticeships in England, specialising in the delivery of Professional Services Apprenticeships such as Technology, Web and Social Media,  Digital Marketing, Financial Services, Accountancy and Business Administration. We are a national company offering a personalised, local service in over 36 locations across England as we look to change the lives of young people through our work with local employers and helping these young people to find a pathway into the career of their dreams.

We work closely with young people and offer them life changing opportunities and support so that they can start a prosperous career within their chosen sector. Our Ofsted report stated that our “Apprentices benefit from highly interesting and motivational training in superb educational environments, equipped with industry standards and networks”.

Inspiring Learning

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge are delighted to have worked with Inspiring Learning who over the last 3 years have supported our finals programme (2015) and the finals itself (2016).

In 2016 Inspiring Learning were the KS3 challenge sponsors – setting a real life business challenge based around their Dearne Valley Centre in Yorkshire.

At Inspiring Learning, we believe curriculum enrichment is an essential part of a child’s education and that well designed experiences outside the classroom can increase engagement and attainment back inside the classroom.

Every year we work with 250,000 young people, encouraging them to go on, learn more and become active participants in the community.

We complement the work of schools and youth groups,actively partnering with them to design and deliver innovative learning experiences which achieve their individual objectives across a range of services.

Whether organising a trip to inspire your pupils to engage with a chosen curriculum subject, or identifying the best venue for your team to train with professional coaches, or selecting a set of adventurous activities to help a new class bond quickly and avoid the transition dip; we can call on 80 years of experience to design a unique programme that achieves your objectives.

We work with a range of like-minded partners who are focused on the development of young people and on the delivery of high quality learning experiences

What People Have Said

“I was simply blown away by the #TNEC Finals day last year

“School shouldn’t be just about academia. Enterprise gives you an understanding of the real world, and that’s so important.”

–  Theo Paphitis

“The National Enterprise Challenge is an excellent initiative which shares the government’s aims of equipping young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in modern Britain.”

“I congratulate the finalists of The National Enterprise Challenge on their achievements and wish them the best for their future careers”

–  Nick Boles

“I wish something like #TNEC existed when I was at school”

“The finals day was a fantastic day to be a part of. It was great to see children engaging with business ideas.”

– Ben Hanlin

“The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge brings real-world business skills into schools and gives young people across the country a chance to see where their ideas could take them and what they could achieve. It’s an inspirational initiative that will help make Britain the best country in Europe to start and grow a business.”

 – Anna Soubry MP

“The National Enterprise Challenge gives schools the opportunity to harness their pupils’ key employability skills”

– Lord Sugar