Two Denbighshire schools went through to the final of a national enterprise competition after winning big in their regional heats.
Enterprise Troopers, the annual competition run by Big Ideas Wales - part of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Service - brings together five to 11 year olds from across the country, with participating learners joining together in teams to run their own enterprises, selling merchandise and services of their choosing in their schools and local communities.
Ysgol Llannefydd and Ysgol Esgob Morgan impressed the judges on the day to make it through to the final. Ysgol Llannefydd created a handmade painted crockery business, while Ysgol Escob Morgan changed its name to ‘Eggsgob Morgan’ in honour of its 50-strong chicken farm in which they sell eggs to the public.
Of the 15 primary schools from North Wales that took part in the regional final, the four most exciting business ideas of the key stage two pupils will now head to the national final at the Wales Millennium Centre.
They will battle it out against other young entrepreneurs from across Wales, and present their shortlisted idea to a number of Big Ideas Wales role models and entrepreneurs in a bid to win the national title.
Speaking at the event, Richard Hatwood, a teacher at Ysgol Esgob Morgan, said: “Our pupils have shown so much creativity through this process and we’re very proud of them. They’ve thoroughly enjoyed today’s event and we’re all really looking forward to the final. Fingers crossed for more success there!”
Showing their support for the pupils at each regional final are four ‘super-troopers’, each representing the key attributes of entrepreneurship - attitude, creativity, relationships and organisation.
The event’s headline sponsor Hugh Evans, owner of Caernarfon Airport and Cardiff Heliport, said of the launch: “Encouraging entrepreneurial attitudes in children from an early age allows them to develop life skills and talents that are essential to their development.
“It’s clear that so many of the children who presented their business ideas are budding young entrepreneurs and it is my hope that they continue to develop their entrepreneurial outlook and business ventures over the years to come.”
Cheryl Gourlay, enterprise manager at NatWest, said: “Enterprise Troopers is a fantastic opportunity for primary school children to practise and develop skills which will be important in the world of work, including teamwork, creativity, working to deadlines and budgeting. These will be vital to them whether they go on to set up their own businesses or not.
“We’ve seen plenty of these skills on display at (the) event, as well as lots of promising business ideas. The future of enterprise in Wales certainly looks bright.”
Enterprise Troopers in Llandudno is also sponsored by Impact School Improvement Ltd, the Big Learning Company, Letterbox Lab, Space Rocket Roadshow and Pen-y-Bryn Falconry.