School traders set out their stalls at Bull Ring Markets

By on 18/08/2015 in News

School children will turn market traders for the day when they sell the fruits of their business ideas to the public at a top Birmingham market this week.

The young entrepreneurs will run 10 stalls selling everything from glass paintings to photographs of local landmarks as part of the Skills to Shine Summer School.

Their pitches outside the Bull Ring Markets, on Edgbaston Street, will be a hive of activity on Thursday (20 August 2015) when 50 pupils from St Paul’s School for Girls will be selling their wares to passing shoppers and city workers.

The 11-year-olds have spent the past two weeks learning how to turn an initial £1 outlay into a viable business idea on their summer school course.

Social enterprise Skills to Shine works with hundreds of youngsters leaving primary school to head into secondary school during the summer break, preparing them for the big leap into a new school and all the changes that brings.

The summer school programme is enterprise and career-focused, preparing children for their new curriculum by giving them essential skills, knowledge and experience to go on and achieve the career they want to.

Skills to Shine has worked with the likes of Cadbury World, Pizza Express, Local Artists, photographers, advertising and marketing specialists and filmmakers during a series of workshops to inspire the youngsters with business ideas.

They have responded with a wealth of creative commercial concepts which will be unveiled to the public as trading businesses outside Bull Ring Markets, on Edgbaston Street, between 11am and 1pm.

“The young people have really taken up the challenge to create a host of businesses including running a sports event, café, catering business and glass painting,” said Lindsey Dunn, CEO at Skills to Shine.

“The Make a Pound Grow challenge has given the youngsters the self-confidence to draw up their own business ideas which they are all very passionate about.

“They are learning how to work in teams and will have to use their confidence and skills to talk to members of the public as they sell from their stalls.”

Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director of Place for Birmingham City Council, added: “Bull Ring Markets are pleased to be support the Skills to Shine initiative, which helps children to become entrepreneurs of the future.

“Our markets are an excellent place for these youngsters to put their new business skills into practice, as well as learn from our traders who are able to share their expertise with them.”

Skills to Shine’s Summer School programme works with schools in across the Midlands and the North supported by employers, education practitioners and industry experts to engage young people in project-based learning.

It aims to inspire them by demonstrating through exciting projects that learning at school is real and relevant to their own future career choices.

All the money raised from market stall sales on the day will go to the WildHearts foundation, which provides small loans and business training to people living in some of the world’s poorest communities.


For more information: Please contact Lindsey Dunn, Skills to Shine Summer School Project Manager, on 07900 926 611 or 0191 328 0577, or email

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