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Sweet success! St Paul's pupils impress 'Dragon's Den' to win first-ever Bizschool Grand Final

Date: 20 July 2016

Pupils Harry and Isabel are presented the winning cup by Surrey Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Louise PunterA homemade confectionery company ‘Sugar Sweet’ set up and run by Year 5 pupils at St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Addlestone, beat off competition from across Surrey and North East Hampshire to win the first-ever Good Shepherd Trust BizSchool Cup Grand Final.

Pupils from the school’s Falcons Class impressed judges with not only their profit of £146.05 from selling confectionery and cakes at the school summer fair but also with their tenacity in securing customers and their presentation skills.

The young entrepreneurs competed with companies from four other academies within the Good Shepherd Trust as well as with fellow schoolmates from St Paul’s to win the cup which was presented by Chief Executive of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce, Louise Punter, in the final at Christ’s College, Guildford, at the end of the summer term.

The finalists had all taken part in a three-day programme in their own schools run by Hampshire–based BizSchool Ltd which saw pupils run pop-up market stalls and develop business skills. A ‘Bear’s Cave’ panel then selected the most original class winner with the whole class splitting into nine departments including finance, art and design, project planning, PR and operations to launch and run the businesses.

Isabel and Harry (both 10) from Sugar Sweet, which had secured sponsorship from Surrey-based Achieve Lifestyle, said “We really enjoyed the whole experience of setting up and running our business but it was an added bonus to be the overall winners!

“It felt amazing, especially as we are in Year 5 and lots of the other teams had Year 6 children. We’ve learned how to co-operate better with people and how to be more organised.”

Louise Punter said: "I had the great pleasure of judging the 'Bears Cave' final. Following a few weeks of instability in the leadership of the country it was really uplifting to listen to a cross section of 10 and 11 year olds talking about communications, teamwork, planning and marketing.

"The presentation skills demonstrated were very impressive and I am sure the experience will more than prepare them for future jobs and opportunities."

Also sitting on the Grand Final panel was Good Shepherd Trust CEO Dr Peter Simpson, BizSchool managing director Andrew Kinniburgh and educational consultant Carol Nicolls CBE.

The schools taking part alongside St Paul’s were St Mary’s CofE Primary School, Chiddingfold, Queen Eleanor’s CofE Junior School, Guildford, St John’s Cof E Primary School, Dorking and the Holme CofE Primary School, Headley.

​The Good Shepherd Trust is a multi-academy trust set up by the Diocese of Guildford to lead and support church school academies across the diocese. It was ranked 17th out of all of England’s Local Authorities and academies in performance league tables published on July 11th.

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