To celebrate the 2015 Croydon Heritage Festival’s Future Croydon focus, Croydon Partnership offered four school teams the opportunity to convert their business ideas into reality with seed funding and a stall at Centrale Shopping Centre in Croydon on Saturday 27th June 2015.
On Saturday 27 June, the Croydon Partnership held its Centrale 100 competition in Centrale shopping centre, as part of the ‘Partners in Business’ element of our Community Plan, to encourage business and enterprise skills among young people. Four teams from Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls took part in the competition, with pupils from years 7 to 10 coming up with business ideas to sell to the public in Centrale. The challenge was a simple one: each team was given £100 to spend however they wished on something to sell on a busy shopping Saturday, between 10am and 4pm.
The four teams had come up with different ideas and there was a varied range of wares on sale, from custom printed t-shirts to make-up and beauty products, handcrafted jewellery to sweets from around the world. As the day progressed and competition stepped up, the teams employed innovative sales techniques to boost their sales, offering bundles and discounts, showing off the products in use, and taking them out into Centrale to drum up business. All the teams were busy throughout the day, and as the day drew to a close, the competition was too close to call.
As the stalls closed and counting began, the teams, along with their parents and teachers, retired to the Lives Not Knives unit for a reception. The winning team was Global Bites, whose sweets and treats managed to pip the other challengers into first place. The team was presented with an award by Carolyn Kenney from the Croydon Partnership, and all teams were given certificates and Centrale vouchers to recognise their efforts. We would especially like to thank Ms Scarsbrook and Mrs McHigh, teachers from Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls who worked so hard to make the day possible.