Enterprising students awarded in Colne's 2015 Business Challenge

The next Peter Jones was discovered as part of 'Make It!' - an exciting new business challenge run by Colne, the Essex-based Housing Association.

Enterprising students from Colchester Academy had the opportunity to show off their business skills by setting up a micro money-making project with just £30. The four-month project has just finished and awards given to pupils who made the most money and showed the most creativity.

I love the idea of business and schools supporting each other; Make It made a lasting impression on the students and helped them think for themselves and be responsible for a team.

- Diane Paton,
Colchester Academy

Make It inspires youngsters

Leading businessmen and women volunteered their time to mentor the 64 students in team work, generating ideas, business and marketing acumen and how to achieve success. Money-making ventures included a school magazine and raffle while the winning team creatively marketed a cake sale at the adjacent primary school.

The winners were allowed to keep the money and were given cinema tickets. They will also receive a package of business support with Colchester Business Enterprise Agency to help them enter the Peter Jones Enterprise Challenge.

Alistair Heron, Colne’s Partnerships and Business Development Manager, said: "It was fantastic to see so many youngsters inspired to do their best. They demonstrated many of the qualities they’ll need to ‘make it’ in life – creativity, organisation and drive.

"The demand for places was high and we hope to repeat the challenge next year as part of a broader enterprise and employability programme with Business in the Community and Colchester Academy."

Employers interested in helping to prevent social background predicting a young person's success at school and beyond can contact Emma Holliday, Education Manager at Business in the Community.