We were delighted to announce that all three of our enterprising Year 8 teams have made it through to the next stage of the Tycoon competition (www.tycoon.com) a charity started by Peter Jones of Dragon’s Den fame. The teams have submitted business plans and been granted loans of almost £1000 to kick-start their businesses.

2Die4 are making a range of tie-die clothing including t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies which they will be selling at car-boot sales and Christmas fairs. Capable Cords are making a range of bracelets and key-chains out of parachute cord. They are tapping into the festive market by making green and gold bracelets as well as others in the shape of Christmas trees. They also plan to sell custom-designed cords in team colours at football games. Team Eco, true to their name, are selling environmentally-friendly laundry materials, including “soap nuts” – a berry shell that naturally contains a cleaning agent that works like detergent. This will be something most customers will not have heard of, and so the team have been working on videos and information leaflets to help with their sales.

The competition runs until 20th December and teams will be judged not only on the profit they make but also on criteria such as problem-solving, creativity, leadership and teamwork.

All three teams are busy searching for suitable sales venues. If you are responsible for a Christmas Fair or car-boot sale and have space for additional stalls please contact Mr Hale (john.hale@emanuel.org.uk) who will put you in touch with the teams.