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Help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs

Bankside and You Opportunity
Calling Bankside SMEs to share their entrepreneurial know-how with Southwark students
Rachel Nicholson
Corporate Responsibility Manager

Do you have an eye for business?  Better Bankside is working with Southwark Education Business Alliance to find local SMEs to get involved with their Young Entrepreneur Borough Market Project.

Working with teams of Year 9 students from schools across Southwark, you will help the students develop a business idea, with one winning team from each school given the opportunity to manufacture and sell their product idea at Borough Market.

You will help deliver workshops to the students, using pre-prepared materials and with guidance from Southwark EBA, to help students learn about busienss and finance, idea generation and marketing and trading standards.  The students will also be challenged to come up with a product idea that they can make by recycling waste materials such as card, paper or aluminium, which will also introduce them to the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling waste.

Southwark EBA run this programme on a regular basis and usually work with larger businesses but they are really keen to introduce students to the opportunities presented by the many small and medium sized businesses in the Bankside area.

Time commitments

The project runs from mid-February to the end of June when the winning teams will sell their wares in Borough Market on Wednesday 27 January.

A maximum of 4 workshops will be delivered between Monday 19 February and Friday 25 May.  All workshops take place at the schools after lessons, usually from 3.15-5.15pm.

A maximum of 2 volunteers are needed per workshop with relevant experience, particularly in business & financial planning, marketing or trading standards. Volunteers can deliver one or more workshops, or deliver workshops at more than one school.  All workshop materials will be provided by Southwark EBA.

Volunteers are also needed for the judging panel on Tuesday 5 June 9am-1pm.


Judging venue

Southwark EBA are also looking for a business to host the judging day when one team from each school will be selected to make and sell their product in Borough Market as the culmination of the project.

The judging day will be Tuesday 5 June from 9am-1pm. Southwark EBA are looking for a business with two rooms available - one room with space for the 5 judges and for the school teams to present their ideas, and the second to be used as a waiting area for the school teams ahead of their presentation, with space for up to 20 people (each school enters 4 teams of 5 students).


Want to get involved?

If you'd like to get involved, or think your organisation would like to support this programme, please contact rn [at] (subject: Young%20Entrepreneurs%20SME%20project) (Rachel Nicholson), Corporate Responsibility Manager at Better Bankside for more information.

Jan 24 2018