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Bright Stars 2018

The Centre for Leadership Performance’s main aim for Bright Stars 2018 was to raise the aspiration and confidence of Cumbria’s young people, believing that supporting their talent is vital for the future economy here in Cumbria.  An ethos we wholeheartedly agree with and we were delighted to offer our support once again.

Each school taking part in the competition receives £50 with a simple instruction: to make it grow to the highest amount possible through investment and creativity over the course of eight weeks by setting up a mini business.

This year we were once again partnered with the pupils of St Michael’s C of E Primary School.  We were thrilled that our partner school decided to nominate Jigsaw, David Allen’s Charity of the Year to benefit from their business success.

The eight weeks of trading culminated on Monday 12 March, with the winners announced on Friday 16 March.

Hannah Cundall, our Marketing Senior, mentored the pupils.  The St Michael’s team chose a winter sports theme for their project, linked to the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Their business activities were based around this and concluded in their Winter Olympics themed school fair. This allowed the team to explore lots of different business roles and include a large number of pupils in the activities they arranged.

St Michael’s raised £319.71 in total from a variety of means including selling their snow slime, fitness classes and the school fair.  Half of the profits raised will be donated to Jigsaw with the remainder retained by the school.

Successfully securing ‘Best Example of Team Work and Leadership’ the pupils of St Michael’s Primary School were deservedly delighted.  It wholly sums up the children’s efforts and how well they worked together throughout the competition, all their hard work paid off and we are very proud.

There were five winning categories overall which included:

  • Most Profitable Business – High Hesket Primary School
  • Best Effort – Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary School
  • Best Example of Team Work and Leadership – St Michael’s Primary School
  • Best Business Idea – Bridekirk Dovenby School
  • Judges’ Award – Bransty Primary School

Each winning school will receive £500 to spend within their schools.  Importantly the prizes are awarded not just for raising the most money but also for demonstrating commitment and imaginative ideas.

Hannah Cundall, Marketing Senior at David Allen said: “David Allen, as a renowned, reputable employer across Cumbria, recognise the importance of engaging with our local schools.  Participating in the Bright Stars project was a great challenge, which we were delighted to support.  The most rewarding part David Allen played was in helping to inspire the kids, watching them develop and build in confidence.  We are so proud of what St Michael’s C of E Primary School have achieved and it was a pleasure to work with a very talented group of up-and-coming entrepreneurs!”

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Posted: March 16th, 2018

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