Young Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs from Griffithstown Primary School are starting their summer holidays on a high after winning the 2018 Torfaen Enterprise Week.

The team from Griffithstown worked with One2One Mortgage Solutions in Cwmbran to design and develop memory jars, which they sold in Pontypool Indoor Market as part of the enterprise week challenge.

The memory jars, which were inspired by the school’s status as the first Dementia Friendly School in Torfaen, proved to be a hit, selling out and netting the children a turnover of more than £400 and a free class trip to Greenmeadow Community Farm.

In fact the memory jars were so popular that market stall B’s Crafts and Frames will now stock and sell them on behalf of the school on a regular basis.

A portion of all the profits will be donated to Rowan House where the children visit to spend time with the residents and learn about dementia.

Sinae Ireland from team GM Jars said: “I enjoyed selling the jars at the market the most. We made £401 and we will donate 20 per cent of that to Rowan House. I like working with One2One. We learnt a lot about business and they made our lessons fun.”

Mark Taylor, director at One2One Mortgage Solutions, said: “It is the first time we have done something like this and the team really enjoyed working with the children at the school. We like to give back to the community where we can and this was a project where we thought we could really help. I would like to say well done to everyone at Griffithstown for doing such a fantastic job.”

Children from George Street, Griffithstown, New Inn, Penygarn, Garnteg, Cwmffrwdoer and Blaenavon primary schools all took part in the project, and designed and developed products to sell in Pontypool Indoor Market.

They were mentored and supported by Funky Festival Clothing, Everett, Tomlin, Lloyd & Pratt Solicitors, Frog Bikes, One2One Mortgage Solutions, Pro Steel Engineering, RWA Compliance, and Tesco. Businesses visited the schools to run workshops on skills such as design and marketing, and the schools also visited businesses in return to experience a working environment.

A team of teenagers and young adults from Inspire 2 Torfaen also worked with local company The Best of Torfaen to gain an enterprise qualification during the project. The aim of the project was to give school children a greater appreciation of business and improve related skills such as design, finance, numeracy and problem solving that will carry over into the classroom, while also building better links between businesses and the community.

Councillor Alan Jones, executive member with responsibility for business, said: “This is our second school enterprise week and it has been a fantastic success. The schools and their business mentors have been working really hard over the last few months and I was astonished to hear that in total they raised more than £2000.

“I would like to thank all of the schools who took part, all of the businesses for giving up their time to work with the children, and also to Greenmeadow Community Farm for donating the prize.” 

Posted on: Saturday 28th July 2018