Inspired by the results from their Enabling Enterprise courses, students and teachers at The Isle of Sheppey Academy have taken the concept one step further by opening a shop of their own. Located on the main high street on the island, the aim is to build links between the school and the community and regenerate local business. The team at Enabling Enterprise had an opportunity to indulge their curiosity by travelling down to attend the official launch.

A Team Effort
The shop space looked vibrant, and preparation of it has been a team effort from the beginning, with BTEC Construction students painting and decorating the area. For the next six weeks, students will gain a practical insight into their subjects by offering services such as computer training, beauty treatments and advice on healthy eating. Students will be setting up their own businesses to sell an array of handmade products, and a popular local arts group is using the space to recruit new members. Sixth formers are working to compile an online business directory to raise awareness of local enterprises and enable them to forge links. In addition, staff and students are introducing the concept of Pay It Forward to the Isle of Sheppey, whereby they do favours for members of the community and ask them to repay the favour to somebody else.

The Launch
The opening was a fantastic occasion, with the mayor and local councillors joining parents, staff and children from the Academy. It was great to see the students in action putting their enterprise skills to great use. We wish them all the best, and if anyone is interested in introducing the concept of Pay It Forward to London, the Enabling Enterprise team here at Bethnal Green can think of plenty of tasks around the office to keep you busy!

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