School business recognised for sustainability at County competition

Year 10 students from Re-Creativ Lux beginning their presentation at Dorset Young Enterprise Finals

Dianne Edgar, a volunteer Business Advisor for Young Enterprise, is delighted to report that Re-Creativ Lux, based at The Grange School, Christchurch, was awarded the Sustainability trophy at the recent Dorset Young Enterprise company finals. The trophy was sponsored by Tower Park, a leisure and entertainment destination in Poole. The student company had already been awarded a Certificate for the most sustainable project, as well as a grant of £25, from a previous Dragons’ Den event.

The Year 10 students took part in the YE programme for the second year running, selling a new product range of up-cycled tote bags, made locally. The brand name came from the fact that they are very passionate about preserving the environment and producing sustainable products. Matt Watson, Sales Director explained, “People our age are very concerned about the impact on our planet of wasted materials and the number of lorries on the roads. Our enterprise produced long-life products which we guarantee will last through lots of wear and tear. Also, the fabric we use for our bags is scrap-sewing material, and the bags were made locally under contract.”

Marketing Director Caitlyn Hemmings added, “We decided it would be better to use social media and direct sales to market our products. We chose to avoid expensive promotional material, such as banners and flyers, which had limited life and added to the waste problem. Even our badges were recycled from last year’s YE business.”

Danny Andrew, Managing Director, sums up the experience, “We had to write a detailed report, be interviewed by business professionals, set up an attractive display stand, and deliver a 4-minute presentation explaining what we had done and what we had learned. It was good to see how we compared with other students from around the county. Of course, we are delighted to have won this very prestigious trophy for our school.”

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The Grange School is an 11-18 co-educational school, based in Christchurch, which is a part of the Twynham Learning Federation. T: 01202 486536 [email protected]

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity reaching over 250,000 young people every year. We make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, building on 8 key skills: Communication, Confidence, Financial Capability, Initiative, Organisation, Problem-solving, Teamwork and Resilience.

The Company Programme is designed to help students take responsibility for running a real business, learning about managing, selling, marketing, finance and legal issues, as well as health and safety, and human resources. Run as an after-school activity, the students learn about teamwork, resolving issues, resilience, presenting arguments, understanding profit, writing reports, and delivering formal presentations.