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A busy June for the Business and Education Together Partnership as Project draws to a thrilling close

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  • 25 Jun 2024

On the 12th of June our south cluster Business Enterprise Project, run in conjunction with MTEC, came to a thrilling close in Rhyd-y-car Leisure Centre. Pupils from Trelewis and Bedlinog Primary School, Edwardsville, Ynysowen, Troedyrhiw and Abercanaid all came together to showcase their fantastic work in designing their products and building a successful business model. Over thirty judges were on hand representing NatWest, Barclays Bank, Tilbury Douglas, Development Bank of Wales, Careers Wales, Future Digital Education, ASPIRE Apprenticeships and Merthyr College as well as a number of successful entrepreneurs from Tyre Glider, AI Continental and Case UK. We were also fortunate to have member of the schools’ governing bodies and LA representatives on board to offer their insights and expertise.

Prizes were awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Business
  • Best Individual Performance
  • Best Marketing Campaign
  • Best Financial Awareness
  • Best Innovative Product Design
  • Best Eco-Friendly Awareness

Pupils from Ynysowen were delighted to scoop the prize for ‘Best Overall Business’ for a multi-faceted business model that saw two main presenters successfully present their business plan and products.

‘Best Individual Performance’ was awarded to a Year 6 pupil from Edwardsville Primary School who wowed the judges with his confidence despite only starting to learn English last year.

Troedyrhiw Primary picked up the award for ‘Best Marketing Campaign’ for a fantastic advertising campaign surrounding their business ‘Nibbles and Munch’.

Abercanaid pupils won the award for ‘Best Financial Awareness’ and the judges were impressed by their business angle which sensitively addressed social inclusivity in sport.

The award for ‘Best Innovative Product’ went to a group from Trelewis Primary School for an ingenious creation called ‘Robot Bag’ while Bedlinog Primary picked up the award for ‘Best Eco-Friendly Awareness’ in producing self-sprinkling seeds.

All judges were impressed by a remarkable showcase of work from south cluster pupils and found it difficult to award prizes! Graham Thomas, a south cluster school governor, called the morning ‘an inspiring informative and thought-provoking collection of excellent business ideas’. Jade Rowley, a Year 6 teacher from Edwardsville Primary School, also expressed how, ‘The event really had a positive impact on my pupils and is something they will remember for years to come.’ Nathan Martin, Regional Board Engagement Manager at NatWest Cymru Board, said: ‘The Merthyr Tydfil's Business Enterprise Project has truly demonstrated the potential of our young minds … and it has been great to witness these students dive into the world of business with such enthusiasm and creativity.’ He also added: ‘The showcase even exceeded all our expectations; the projects were not only impressive but well-thought out and clearly implemented what the children had learned. Congratulations to all the winners; we are so excited to see how these bright young entrepreneurs will shape the future of business in Wales."

We would like to thank all pupils and teachers for working so hard on this project – it was wonderful to see it come to fruition – and for all judges and employers for supporting the event.

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