The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole provided two students from Parkstone Grammar School with a space to sell their cotton tote bags for the Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge.
Rosie Parkin, aged 13, had a stall in the shopping centre on Saturday March 10 to promote her business concept. For the Tenner Challenge project, Rosie set up ‘Tootle Turtle,’ a concept designed to promote the reduction of plastic bags. Rosie and her business partner, Chloe Lambert, aged 14, hand decorated the 100 per cent cotton tote bags, to help raise awareness of turtles mistaking plastic bags for jelly fish.
The Tenner Challenge, a Young Enterprise initiative, helps to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to further prepare students for adult life. Students are pledged £10 from the Tenner Bank and use this start-up capital to get their enterprise off the ground. Participants are given just one month to make as much impact and profit as they can.
The shopping centre provided Rosie and Chloe with a stall in between Animal and The Body Shop from 2-4pm. The bags were sold for £3 and make-up bags for £2.50 and by the end of the afternoon, £47 profit had been made.
John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, said: “We were happy to host Rosie and Chloe’s stall on Saturday afternoon and were pleased to hear that they doubled their profit.
“Supporting Young Enterprise initiatives is important to us as we like to see students developing their entrepreneurial and employability skills. Hopefully we’ve given Rosie and Chloe the platform to develop the confidence they need to pursue future education and employment opportunities.”
Rosie Parkin, Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge participant and student at Parkstone Grammar School, said: “Chloe and I are so grateful to the Dolphin Shopping Centre for giving us a stall to promote our enterprise and help raise awareness of the ever-increasing problem of our ‘plastic sea.’”
For more information about the Dolphin Shopping Centre, visit www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk