Damers First School pupils launch eco-business for Virgin Fiver competition

Damers school garden grenade competition
Damers school garden grenade competition

Budding entrepreneurs from Damers First School are flying high on their first taste of business success after taking part in a national competition to develop and launch a new business idea.

A 20-strong team from Damers First School made up of pupils from its Eco Club and Maths Club have worked together to produce “Garden Grenades” – flower seeds encased in recycled paper that once planted and watered will fill your garden with wild flowers.

The project has been entered in the Virgin Fiver competition, an enterprise scheme for school children across the UK supported by Young Enterprise and Virgin Money, which provides £5 in start-up capital to school teams. The pupils are then given just one month to develop a product or service and bring it to market working with the local community to establish a profitable business.

Damers school garden grenade team in Virgin Fiver Competiton
Damers school garden grenade team in Virgin Fiver Competiton

“We wanted to combine the knowledge of our Eco Club pupils with the entrepreneurial skills of the school’s Maths Club to create our product,” says Edd Moore, a teacher at Damers First School who also runs the school’s Eco Club. “The launch of Garden Grenades also builds on the school’s eco work over the last few years, which was recently recognised in the award of Eco Green Flag status,” he says.

It is the first year that Damers First School has entered the competition and Mr Moore says taking part in the project has been an exciting way for the children to get their first experience of setting up a business.

The team from Damers First School has already taken second place against 740 schools in Virgin Fiver’s award for best sales pitch. Delivered in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style, the group of local business experts invited to watch the pitch were so impressed by the young team that many are now selling the Garden Grenades in their shops and offices.

Watch the video here.

The team also took a stand at this month’s Poundbury Farmers’ Market, selling the Garden Grenades direct to the local community. “We surprised ourselves with the level of sales,” says Mr Moore.

He adds that he hopes to further the school’s work with the local community when Damers First School relocates to its new school building, currently under construction in Poundbury.

“We have lots of ideas for the new school and are looking forward to working closely with the local community,” says Mr Moore.

The school has planned several new eco initiatives, including recyclable hand towels and chemical-free cleaning products. The new school site in Poundbury will also feature gardens managed by the children alongside a Forest School area and a wildlife sensory zone, which will no doubt feature Garden Grenades!

Garden Grenades are on sale for £2 each from Poundbury Garden Centre, Meyers Estate Agent, The Poundbury Florist, Munchkins Caf√© and from the reception at Damers First School.

Good luck in the next stage of the competition from all of us at Celebrating Poundbury.




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