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.
Ryman have recently extended their long term association and will remain as main supporter until the end of the 2018/2019 academic year.
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.
Ryman and Theo Extend Partnership…
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.
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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