Damers Pupils Are Budding Entrepreneurs

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Published at 7:29am 28th September 2016.

Budding business people aged between 8 and 11 have been recognised for their innovation and entrepreneurship - including pupils from Damers First School in Dorchester.

Budding business people aged between 8 and 11 have been recognised for their innovation and entrepreneurship -  including pupils from Damers First School in Dorchester.

They were winners of the 'best group' in this year's Young Enterprise Fiver Challenge Awards.

Almost 50,000 pupils from 763 schools across the UK took part in the challenge in which they pledged £5 pounds and were given a month to set up a mini business and make a profit.

The 5 to 8 year old winners of the Best Group, from Damers First School, enjoyed the Fiver Challenge, commenting: "We really enjoyed working as a team to make the Garden Grenades and then selling them at the Farmers Market. It made us feel like true entrepreneurs, especially as it was a great success."

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise, said:
"I'm always impressed by the level of creativity and entrepreneurship demonstrated by Fiver Challengers. We see the Fiver Challenge as an exciting and fun way of introducing primary school pupils to the world of business - a way of empowering them to develop important financial skills and build character. This year's finalists have excelled themselves and their success proves that profit doesn't depend on having a large amount of capital. In business, ideas, actions and resilience count for so much more."

Paul Eastwood, Director of Partnerships at Virgin Money said:
"Virgin Money really enjoyed working with Young Enterprise to introduce young people to the fun and exciting world of enterprise. We were very impressed by the range of businesses the young entrepreneurs set up this year."

Ben Towers, TV presenter and young entrepreneur, said:
"I was only 11 when I set up my first business, so I recognise the innovation and enthusiasm these young people bring to new business ideas. I hope that this experience inspires them, as Sir Richard Branson inspired me, to carry on, keep developing their businesses, and enjoy further success in the future."

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