The School:

Fryent Primary School is in their 2nd year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students will be further developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in whole-school experiences and projects in classes. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Using Imagination and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Hammerson is a major British property development and investment company. They mainly invest in offices and retail properties, transforming and managing shopping centres across the country like Brent Cross in London and the Bull Ring in Birmingham. They are involved in lots of large shopping centres around the UK, including 22 prime shopping centres, 22 retail parks and 15 premium designer outlets.

The Challenge: Retail Revelations

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then used the room and premises as inspiration for how you can use technology and art to make a space exciting.
Taking on the role of Shopping Centre Managers, teams were challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to design a new attraction for a shopping centre, with the aim of bringing in more customers. Teams were tasked with deciding on an overall theme for their attraction, thinking about shopping centre attractions they’ve enjoyed in the past. Students were really Using Imagination when they were challenged to include technology and culture to make their attraction really engaging. Teams worked together to create floorplans and 3D models of their new shopping centre attractions.

The day culminated with the retail managers presenting their ideas to a panel of judges before an overall winning team was chosen.

What they said:

  • “It’s good for them to have the challenge of working together on something, they don’t always get to work that way back in school.” – Teacher
  • “I ‘ve done lots of these days and really enjoy getting to work with the young people and share what we do, it definitely offers them an alternative perspective bout what means to come to work” – Volunteer
  • “We have improved from this morning and I know it’s because we are really sharing ideas now and speaking to each other” – Student
  • “I didn’t know we’d get to really use our imagination and create something completely different” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting

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