Boys’ business skills earn them national prize from Young Enterprise

Published on: 02 May 2016

WATCH out Sir Alan - two students at Mangotsfield School have proved themselves business whizzes at the age of 13.
Archie Kenway and Joel Vadhyanath have won a national competition to make the most profit from a £10 stake.
The boys raised an amazing £3289 in the Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge by organising a charity auction.
In four weeks they came up with their business idea and planned and ran the event at the school. They promoted it with flyers at open evenings, did a staff room presentation, set up a Facebook page, sent emails, texts and newsletters to parents and fellow students, all of which resulted in a great turnout on the night.
Carey Phillips, vocational education co-ordinator, said: “What Archie and Joel did so brilliantly was getting a huge number of donations of prizes from both local and very well known businesses in Bristol as well as from family, friends and staff at the school. Guests on the night were bidding for a huge choice of lots - just a few to mention -  meals out at restaurants, hospitality days at the county cricket, tickets for rugby, floristry workshops, haircuts, children toys, adventure holidays, original artwork and even a set of bedroom furniture!”
Archie said: “This challenge has taught me a lesson that if you don’t ask you don’t get!”
The lads started the evening by showing a moving video about their chosen charity, Finlay’s Journey,  a charity that supports brain research. It was set up by the family of Finlay Church, who died last year and was a friend of Archie’s.
Joel said: “Getting an award for something which is such a good cause is great’.”
The auctioneer for the evening was design and technology teacher John Parsons =,  assisted by a 'suited and booted' Archie and Joel.
The boys are off to Madame Tussaud’s for the prize giving ceremony on May 4.
Head teacher  David Spence said: “I am blown away by what Archie and Joel pulled together with the auction. They have shown real determination, dedication and passion to get an event like this off the ground. They should be so proud of what they have achieved.
“I am also immensely grateful to their families for the support they gave with this. Raising money for charity has given the boys a real spur and they have embraced the challenge effectively and with real gusto!”
www.justgiving.com/teams/finlaysjourney

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