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Sunday, 01 March 2009
Keen Beanz Mean Business!
Keen Beanz, a team of six Year 12 girls from Bolton School, has
won this year's Bolton's Young Enterprise Competition. The team won
the best trade stand section as well as being overall winners. Azra
Makkan, the team's Financial Director, won the Student of the Year
category for the Bolton region.
The team had worked hard, producing a cook book called Spatula:
A Complete Guide for Student Catering. Revenue gleaned from a
number of advertising positions in the book helped cover the print
and production costs. The book aims to provide quick, healthy and
cost-effective meal solutions for cash-strapped students. As the
introduction to their book says, these are "stupidly easy recipes
although there are some more challenging dishes for the more
The girls had already been busy selling their book at a number
of trade fairs across the North-West and in Bolton town centre. The
book can be purchased from Sweetens bookshop in town and a good
number of sales were made at the University of Bolton. Retailing at
£5.99 a copy, Keen Beanz has already sold 120 books. They hope to
expand their portfolio of food and kitchen wares and hope, shortly,
to produce aprons.
Footprint, another team from Bolton School, made up of Year 10
girls, took second place in the competition. Their business offers
environmentally friendly hoodies emblazoned with quirky, green
slogans. A third team from Bolton School, Memories, also took
part and was made up of Year 12 girls. They produced bags and
purses but with the option of personalising these with
Girls in Year 10 and Year 12 at Bolton School have the option of
getting involved in the Young Enterprise scheme and spend one hour
per week, throughout the school year, working on their business.
Each team is appointed a business adviser and a teacher to help
them on their way.
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