Employee volunteers from AF Blakemore’s finance department joined forces with Barclays to support young people across the Black Country in a day of enterprise challenges.
A total of 18 volunteers from across AF Blakemore and Barclays spent a day supporting 100 young people battle it out to win the AF Blakemore and Barclays Enterprise Trophy.
The young people from across Aldridge, St Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Bristnall Hall Academy, Holy Lodge Science Academy, Perryfields High School, Shireland Collegate Academy and Fair Oak Academy were tasked to set up innovative retail business in teams of eight with support from a business supporter.
Each business presented their unique and innovative business proposals to a panel of judges with Aldridge School crowned the overall champions with their ‘sweet art’ business idea.
Lorenzo Cosco, Education Business Solutions, said: “I was delighted to be asked to organise and deliver a Business Challenge for Year 10 pupils sponsored jointly by AF Blakemore & Son and Barclays. The aim of the event was to develop pupil’s business, communication, teamwork, and creativity and presentation skills. The quality of their work was evidence that this aim was fully achieved.
“AF Blakemore and Barclays have proved that partnership working to develop skills in schools and the community can have a hugely positive effect. Without their support and sponsorship the young people would not have had this experience. I would like to thank both companies for the hard work and effort they put into making this a successful event”
Richard Craven, corporate director, Barclays Corporate Banking, said: “Being able to combine the resources of both AF Blakemore and Barclays to create an event of this scale which could benefit so many young people in the West Midlands has been extremely pleasing and fulfilling for all involved.
The feedback received on the day and afterwards from all who took part has been excellent and is a testament to the focus and passion of both workforces to really make a positive impact in their local community.”
Liz Bell, community affairs officer, AF Blakemore, said: “It is the first time we have collaborated with Barclays on an education based project. All the staff involved from both businesses had a brilliant day and gained a lot from the experience.
“I can’t wait to find out the long term impact that the project has had and look forward to our next collaborative project with Barclays.”