Over the summer, pupils from Ashford Prep School participated in the Fiver Challenge, an initiative run by Young Enterprise and Virgin Money. Given just £5, participating children are encouraged to earn as much money as possible through their own business ideas. Three pupils from Ashford completed the challenge to such a high standard they were invited to the Virgin’s Fiver Challenge Awards ceremony in London.
Celine Tsang and Amelia Burton were national runners up in the advert competition, creating a persuasive advert for their tattoo company. Helena Groom-Shorter was also selected to attend as her innovative company made over £300 selling wild flower seeds donated from local companies.
The day started by meeting other winners at Eros in Piccadilly Circus before moving onto Ripley’s Believe or Not museum. After lunch, the children attended the award ceremony in a nearby hotel. Awards were presented by Liz Barker, an ex-Blue Peter presenter and Mark Wright, the 2014 winner of The Apprentice, who spoke about his business experiences before allowing the children to ask questions. The girls were also able to meet with the judges and discuss their experiences.
After popcorn and drinks, they took part in a drumming and music workshop, and even got to visit the m&m shop before all the schools and winners were treated to supper at The Rainforest Café. Around 780 schools took part in this Young Enterprise initiative – with over 2700 teams being entered into the competition. All the Year 6 children gained lots of business and life skills along the way and we look forward to doing it again next year!