Sparkling business brains of Belper School girls

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BUSINESS brains of the future from Belper School recently took part in a challenge as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011.

In the space of four hours a team of five year eight girls had to use their ingenuity to form a catering company which was providing a sit-down dinner for 100 guests.

Bethan Elliot, Phoebe Oldfield, Sophie Hext, Charlotte Elliott-Goodacre and Matilda Rowell were tasked with delivering a presentation on a prom.

Their idea centred around a summer, tropical theme, featuring props such as pineapples.

In the end, the girls — who had to designate roles such as managing director and finance to each other — finished second out of six schools.

Eleanor Snape, a careers co-ordinator at Belper School, said: “I was impressed with them. They did the school proud.

“They worked well as a team and pulled it all together.”

As well as giving each other job titles, the girls had to decide on a company name, write a letter as to why they should be considered for the tender, create a menu card and sample table decorations, and provide a costing sheet.

The other schools involved were Eckington, Meadows Community, Newbold Community, Shirebrook Academy, and the eventual winners Frederick Gent.

Kaye Twomlow, director of Derbyshire Education Business Partnership, who ran the event, said, “The teams came up with some fantastic ideas and we hope it inspires some of them to go on and become entrepreneurs or inspirational employees of the future.”