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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.


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

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
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Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology 

Shropshire Centric Industry Led, Advanced Engineering & Automotive Training Centre.  Based in Bridgnorth, the centre has been created to reverse the skills and competency gap and to re-shore the current training opportunities to the Marches and help support industry in achieving private and economic growth.

The MCMT – Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (CIC) has been formed as an employer led initiative by Grainger & Worrall Ltd, Classic Motor Cars Ltd, Salop Design & engineering Ltd and In-Comm Training & Business Services Ltd.

We are delighted that The MCMT have supported this years challenge by allowing their students to design and make this years main awards. 

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Tes is a digital education company committed to supporting teaching and learning. Our mission is simply to help teachers and schools succeed. We are the market leading source of the latest news and information covering schools and the wider education sector and have been publishing news and opinion for over 100 years.

Tes is proud to announce the newly developed Tes institutional subscription, school-wide access to Tes magazine content. A Tes institutional subscription ensures that all your teaching staff have access to the latest research, teacher innovation and insight. From NQTs to senior managers, Tes provides the essential weekly intelligence for every educator to flourish. It’s the perfect package for leading educational professionals. 



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Screwfix is part of Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, with over 1,200 stores in 10 countries in Europe, Russia and Turkey. For further information go to www.kingfisher.com.

Screwfix is convenient, straightforward and affordably-priced, helping its trade customers get the job done quickly, affordably and right first time.

From power tools and work wear to cables and pipe fittings, Screwfix offers over 11,000 products available for pick up from over 570 stores nationwide. Our full range of over 30,000 products can be ordered over the phone, online or from a local store, with orders taken up until 8pm (weekdays) for next day delivery to home or site.

This year, Screwfix will support one of our main awards and also sponsor our finals programme.


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Southwater Events Group 

The Southwater Event Group comprises of standout venues, an on-site production company, and hotels. Family owned, and with an unrivalled attention to detail, their focus is firmly on their clients and achieving exceptional service for every event.

With their unique combination of a stunning venue, all services in-house and incredibly easy transport and site access, you really will find everything you need to deliver amazing events. 

The Southwater Events Group have once again supported the challenge helping it to once again take place at The International Centre by supporting one of our main awards.

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Telford and Wrekin Council

Telford and Wrekin Council have once again supported the challenge for a second year running. 
Telford is an ever evolving and developing town in the West Midlands which continues to make its mark as a place of innovation, invention and technology harking back to its industrial heritage and significant history.

Telford has drive, ambition and energy and we want to highlight and celebrate the town’s exceptional momentum and our exciting future as a great place to live, work in or to visit. This year Telford celebrates its 50th Birthday as a town and we are delighted to once again be holding the finals in Telford this year and the council are also supporting one of our main awards.



The University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) are another new supporter this year.  UCFB pride themeselves on providing students with a stimulating curriculum in a unique environment.
Their world first approach to higher education gives their students the best possible chance of a successful career in the football and sports industry. What makes their education experience work so well is down to three key components: what we teach, where we teach and how we teach.
We are delighted that UCFB are supporting the challenge this year as one of our main award sponsors.

What People Have Said

Theo Paphitis

“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

Lord Alan Sugar

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

– Lord Sugar

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