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Girls' Young Enterprise Success

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 accomplished cook.

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 photographs.

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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