Students find smooth way to make a profit


Enterprising students took just one hour to turn pocket money into a healthy profit by selling snacks at school.

Holy Trinity School, in Gossops Green, was chosen as one of 10 schools in the south to take part in the Young Enterprise Tenner Relay.

The idea was for a £10 note to be loaned from school to school where the students would be challenged to come up with a creative and enterprising way to turn it into as big a profit as possible.

The 10 students in Years 8, 9 and 10 at Holy Trinity opted to sell smoothies, flapjacks and granola bars during their break time and lunch break on Thursday (January 15) – and by the end of the day, their tenner had blossomed into just over £100.

Louise McMenamin, CEIAG & Enterprise coordinator at Holy Trinity said the achievement was “not bad for an hour’s work”.

She added: “The students rose to the challenge with enthusiasm and creativity.

“It really was a student-led activity from the start and there was a real buzz in design technology department at break time when the stall opened.”

Holy Trinity chose to donate all money raised to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

As well as selling the flapjacks and bars, the students also cooked them – testing out a few recipes before settling on a nut-free flavour and a granola version with nuts.

The smoothies were mixed at the school and Mrs McMenamin offered her thanks to local firms for helping out.

She said: “The students contacted local businesses to see if they could help with the challenge; Waitrose and Costa Coffee were able to support the students.

“We had blueberry, banana and raspberry alongside tropical fruit, apple and orange juices.”

Mrs McMenamin said the Tenner Relay had given the students an insight into what running a business might entail as well as the skills involved to make their ideas happen.

Harry Cornell, 15, the school’s student enterprise ambassador, said: “My personal highlight has been planning and organising our healthy snacks range as food tech is one of my favourite subjects and my experience in the Enterprise club last year has given me confidence to take more risks this year.”

As well as Harry, the students who took part were: Shaylan Nayee, Thomas Lappage, Charlotte Waldron, Lily Hadfield, Sophie Gray, Hannah Richardson, Alice Whelan and Katherine Hillman.

The Tenner Relay was organised by Young Enterprise – the country’s leading enterprise and financial education charity – with the support of the Business Growth Fund (BGF). Last year it raised £4,578.42 through the efforts of 10 schools – all from a single tenner.

Michael Mercieca, chief executive of Young Enterprise said: “The Tenner Relay is aimed to unite like-minded students from different regions of the country to participate on one team towards a charitable cause, but most importantly to have fun while doing it.”