Local Students Start Business and Support Charity

Published: Monday, 30th January 2017

A group of 10 students at Southfield School have raised over £600 after undertaking a project promoted by Kettering Borough Council’s Budgeting Support Team.

The students were initially given £100 by the Council to start a project which saw them choose to produce and sell bookmarks and bracelets. 

The students were tasked to set up a project to make money, promoting budgeting skills at a young age (13-14 year old). 50% of the proceeds will go to local charity Rays of Sunshine, as chosen by the students, while the remaining 50% is going back into the business enterprise to ensure the project is self-funded as an ongoing project.

As an incentive of the money raised, Kettering Borough Council agreed to match fund up to £500. The project brought in an impressive £300.52 which was doubled by match funding handed over to the school by the Mayor of Kettering, Cllr Scott Edwards, at a presentation held on 24th January.

Julie Trahern, Head of Customer Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 
“The Council are grateful to the school for being part of a project to encourage young people to be more budget aware and we are hoping other schools in the borough will follow suit and get involved in similar future projects.”

Cllr Scott Edwards, Mayor of Kettering, said:
It’s fantastic to see local students learning how to create a profitable business at such a young age. The skills they have learnt will be invaluable in the future and it’s been wonderful to see the Council giving them an opportunity to start such an exciting project.”

Christine Curran, Head of Business at Southfield School, said:
“The Kettering Borough Council school project has been a great success for our students.  They have gained many valuable employability skills such as working as part of a team, decision making, and completing tasks to tight deadlines.  Their confidence, independence and communication skills are improved beyond recognition.  They have thoroughly enjoyed planning and fund raising and a great deal of their success has been down to their ability to organise themselves without the direct support of teachers.  We are very proud of their efforts and achievements over the past nine months.”