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#lookback2015 - Big Ideas Wales

Wales’ Future Leaders Inspired for Enterprise

13 January 2016

As 2016 begins, Prospects is looking back over 2015 and sharing some key successes. Each day, over the next week or so, as part of #lookback2015 you can read about Prospects achievements last year and gain insight into plans for 2016.

In March Prospects celebrated with 150 primary school students who had reached the finals of the National Final of the Enterprise Troopers Primary School Competition. The competition encourages school pupils, aged 5 to 11 to start and grow a business, showcasing the best young entrepreneurial activities taking place in Wales. Judging across Wales had taken place since February and the final was a culmination of this process. The competition and Enterprise Troopers form part of Prospects work in Wales in partnership with Cazbah for the Welsh Government delivering enterprise learning for students in primary and secondary education.

Sixteen schools competed to be crowned the National Winner by the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart MBE CStJ AM. The businesses were diverse and innovative. Teams designed and created pencil toppers, mugs, greeting cards, mugs, postcards and soap. They sold jam, home-grown produce, seeds, DVDs and Apps. Bedwas Junior School in Caerphilly formed the Bedwas Brainiapps, developing an App to help their fellow students with their timetables. The downloadable App was created after the team analysed market research undertaken with online survey tools. The App was designed in school with help from Cardiff Academy.

In December Prospects Cymru and partners Cazbah, Mark-it, Business in Focus and Antur Teifi successfully bid for an expanded contract delivering enterprise activities to people aged five to 25 across Wales. The Youth Entrepreneurship Service (YES) contract will benefit more than 200,000 young people who will be supported and encouraged to start their own businesses.

Edwina Hart, at the announcement of the enterprise contract said:
“Stimulating business growth and jobs creation across Wales is a key priority for the Welsh Government and one which underpins our economic policies. EU funds are helping our already successful Business Wales service to expand and provide additional targeted support to new and existing businesses which show growth and export potential. We will continue to offer a service to all individuals and businesses appropriate to their needs.”

Andrew Coates, Prospects Sales and Marketing Director speaking after winning the contract commented:
“The Youth Entrepreneurship Service is highly regarded in Wales. We are delighted that the work we have done over the last five years delivering Big Ideas Wales, the entrepreneurship contract in primary and secondary schools, has been recognised in the awarding of this expanded contract to support 200,000 young people in schools, colleges and further and higher education institutions across Wales.

“This work that Prospects Cymru and our partners undertake complements our other major contact with the Welsh Government, creating and delivering the prestigious Skills Cymru events in Cardiff and Llandudno. This new, expanded contract will enable us to offer a greater range of services in Wales, opening up new areas for Prospects to showcase our outstanding services and strengthen our commitment to providing centres of excellence across the UK.”

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