Meet the young entrepreneurs from Damers First School

Pupils from Damers First School are hoping to repeat their success in the UK’s Young Enterprise Fiver Challenge with a new eco initiative.

After winning last year’s competition with their wild flower product Garden Grenades, this year the school’s Eco Crew have launched ‘Spick n Span’, an eco cleaning tablet that promises to ‘make everything shine’.

Pupils from Damers First School at the launch of new eco product.
Pupils from Damers First School at the launch of new eco product.

In a Dragon’s Den style pitch, the children presented their new product to local businesses and confidently fielded questions from the interested “dragons”. Spick n Span contains all natural products known for their cleaning qualities, including bicarbonate of soda and lemon, and fragranced with lavender oil. Shaped into butterfly moulds, the cleaning tablets also reflect the school’s new butterfly logo and natural theme.

The young Eco Crew developed the idea and logo and the pupils had one month to make and package the product themselves ready for sale to the community using the £5 given to each pupil as start-up capital by Young Enterprise and the Fiver Challenge. The competition is open to all primary schools across the country and last year Damers First School’s Eco team were awarded Best Group out of almost 740 schools.

You may have seen The Eco Crew from Damers running their Spick n Span stall outside Waitrose this month at the Poundbury Farmers Market and at the Dorset Food & Arts Festival on Saturday 5 August.

Local shops and businesses that attended the Eco Crew pitch have been keen to stock Spick n Span too including Poundbury Garden Centre , Munchkins Play Café and Poundbury Florist .

Owner of Munchkins Play Café, Michelle Cheeseman said: “I will definitely feature their product on my counter and I am impressed that their teachers have once again harnessed their creativity, coming up with an innovative product! Well done all.”

Michelle added: “It was a confident pitch and their entrepreneurial spirit was evident and unwavering in what could be an intimidating den of local dragons!”

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