Part of our Social Mission is to set up young people with the best entrepreneurial skills they can take forwards throughout their lives.

We’ve been running successful, in-school business enterprise challenges in Newcastle schools. The challenges develop children’s entrepreneurial skills, increase confidence, and focus on selling, pitching and smart thinking.

In 2024 our partnership with Ward Hadaway has led to Ward Hadaway winning Best CSR Initiative at the People in Law Award in 2024.  Read more in the blog 

It is a 7-week enterprise project which ends with a dragon’s den style pitching contest (with prizes, of course).

To run our enterprise clubs and enterprise in schools in Newcastle, we have had the kind support of the corporate sector. It’s so much more than a financial donation.

If corporate teams have the capacity, they can volunteer as judges at week 7 or throughout the entire project.

To run our enterprise clubs and enterprise in schools in disadvantaged areas we have the kind support of the corporate sector.

To sponsor a club, the business get to choose a theme for their club(s); e.g. a tech or environmental challenge. They can be as hands on/ hands off throughout the whole process and many join the judges panel at the end of the challenge.

2021 was a different year, so using technology to create a hybrid version of classroom and virtual volunteering has worked well. Read the Ward Hadaway, Draeger & Baker Hughes case studies below. In 2022 we have continued with our in-school challenges and organisations’ staff and teams can now come into school to volunteer, which makes for a much better experience than on screen.

Case Studies

If your organisation would like to sponsor an after school club or enterprise challenge in a school in a disadvantaged area please get in touch.

We believe that enterprise should be for all.

In the Autumn term of 2020 we worked with 6th formers from Sir Charles Parsons School, supported by careers at Walker Riverside Academy.

The young people with Special Education Needs (aka The Belter Bunch), created their own enterprise – designed mini clip-on hand sanitiser bottles. They created their own logo, promo video, website and developed their sales and marketing skills to sell the bottles.

We continued to work with these young people in 2022, through Newcastle Youth Fund. The young people ran enterprise ‘cook along’ projects with local sheltered accommodation residents in Byker and Walker. They also supported their Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations by creating gifts and bunting for their parties. The young people also took part in baking and hospitality workshops at Big River Bakery in Shieldfield, a community bakery who make the best stotties!