The School:

Lilian Baylis Technology School works with Enabling Enterprise to provide their Year 8 students with essential skill development in the classroom through team-based activities set in the real world. Last year several groups of Year 8 students took part in business trips to the world of work such as corporate bank UBS, and international law firms Weil and Freshfields.

The Challenge: Business in a Day

Students became entrepreneurs for the day by competing in teams to set up a company designing and pitching a new concept for merchandise, based on an event or place. Students needed to demonstrate that they were Working in a Team during their whirlwind tour of business and set of mini-challenges. Students used their creativity when they formed their own company and designed a new range of souvenirs – Problem Solving was paramount when they manufactured their prototypes using a limited amount of resources. Teams worked to tight deadlines to create a business plan to explain how their £250,000 investment could be used. The challenge culminated with teams Presenting their new companies in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch and then voting for the business they liked best.

What they said:

  • “I am so proud of the students today, from the effort they have put in to their final presentations, all on the last day of term too!” – Teacher
  • “Today has been great, a day to be creative and use all our own ideas!” –Student
  • “We incorporated our ideas to make sure we had the best possible strategy. There were times when we disagreed, but we encouraged each other and showed a good team spirit.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge 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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