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

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

KidZania London

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge are delighted to announce that KidZania London have signed up to be the case study for this years Key Stage 3 Challenge.
KidZania, based in Westfield London is an indoor City run by Kids. The young people are able to have a go at over 60 activities which give them a realistic insight into the adult world.
The KidZania challenge, will see students work on the task of developing a new interactive activity aimed at students aged 11-14.
Commenting on the partnership CEO Michael Dyer said ‘KidZania are a cool brand which we have admired for a while. It is great that we are able to work with them on setting a fantastic challenge for our students this year’
Look out for more information on the challenge on social media throughout the year #tnec #KidZaniachallenge

Ryman and Theo Extend Partnership…

 


The National Enterprise Challenge are delighted to announce that Ryman and Theo Paphitis have agreed a deal to extend their relationship as main sponsor of the UK’s largest Enterprise and Employabilty Competition.
 
The deal, will also see Ryman continue to set one of the two real-life challenges set each year, commenting on the deal Managing Director Ben Dyer added ‘We are delighted to continue our successful long term relationship with Ryman. Since their involvement, the challenge has grown significantly with over 250 schools expected to take part this year’.
 

Ryman Chairman Theo Paphitis added “Recent research tells us that 73% of young people believe that better life skills would help them get a job in the future; the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge teaches this in bucket loads as the kids are tasked with seeing a business plan through from start to finish, including everything from marketing to financials. “It’s a great opportunity for schools to get involved and help students to gain life skills, confidence and have a bit of fun too!” 

Ryman will set the Key Stage 4 Challenge this year, with the challenge being to create a ‘Back to School’ marketing campaign for Ryman.

KidZania London puts enterprise top of the agenda…

 


The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge are delighted to announce that KidZania London have signed up to be the case study for this years Key Stage 3 Challenge.
KidZania, based in Westfield London is an indoor City run by Kids. The young people are able to have a go at over 60 activities which give them a realistic insight into the adult world.
The KidZania challenge, will see students work on the task of developing a new interactive activity aimed at students aged 11-14.
Commenting on the partnership CEO Michael Dyer said ‘KidZania are a cool brand which we have admired for a while. It is great that we are able to work with them on setting a fantastic challenge for our students this year’
Look out for more information on the challenge on social media throughout the year #tnec #KidZaniachallenge
TNEC18 Launch Event at KidZania
 
This years launch event took place at KidZania London on Monday 13th November during Global Entrepreneurship Week with sponsors, supporters, pupils and teachers coming together to hear about the plans for this year and beyond. The evening was headlined by Theo Paphitis talking about his involvement in the challenge and we also heard from Ben Dyer, Co-founder of The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, Simon Childs, Head of B2B at Ryman, Dr Vish Maheshwari from Staffordshire University, Pupils/Teachers from last years winners Brighouse High School/Westborough High School and challenge participants Desborough College. A great night was had by all in attendance and when the guests weren’t talking business they were busy taking part in the activities at KidZania!

Staffordshire University make it 6 years in a row…

 


Staffordshire University have once again agreed to be the University partner for The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge. They confirmed their partnership at this years launch event at KidZania with Dr Vish Maheshwari from the University adding ” We are really proud of what Ben and Michael have achieved so far. It’s great that their idea started in our University coffee shop and every day I see people having chats in the coffee shop I wonder if they’re about to start off on their journey like Ben and Michael.”
Michael added ” Staffordshire University have been great supporters of ours from day one and we really appreciate the belief that they had in us, especially in the early years of the challenge. We have also worked with the University on many other projects and we feel very much #proudtobestaffs.”
Ben and Michael both studied at Staffordshire University completing a foundation degree in Business Start-Up and BA (hons) in Business Management. The duo also started Staffordshire University’s Global Entrepreneurship Week focus in 2012 and also took part in the Universities enterprise schemes through the team at BeInspired.

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