Sheffield’s Biz Kids contest set to launch

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Entrepreneurs of the future are about to demonstrate their embryonic commercial skills, as the Biz Kids begin their annual fundraising contest.

Biz Kids, sponsored by Sheffield company Carlillion, is a unique opportunity for city primary schools and businesses to work together in support of St Luke’s Hospice.

Schools are teamed up with businesses with loans of £100 as a seed fund. Businesses provide mentoring and expertise as the stars of the next generation set about making their money grow – with all proceeds going to Sheffield’s only hospice!

Biz Kids has an official launch at The Workstation in Sheffield city centre on November 5. The project itself runs from January 4 to March 2, with a fundraising deadline of March 16.

Last year’s winners, selected from 11 schools across the city, were the budding Alan Sugars and Richard Bransons of Tinsley Meadows Primary School and Pathways Academy.

The Tinsley Meadows children, winners of the contest Key Learning Objective prize, made and sold friendship bracelets, organised a ‘Guess the Teacher’ competition and held an Ice Bucket challenge, raising a final total of £1,223.

Pathways Academy won the prize for the school which raised the most money, with fundraising efforts that included a tombola, sponge the teacher, face painting, cake sale and mug sale – bringing in a fantastic £1,636.59.

This year, with more schools than ever before scheduled to take part, the fundraising competition is going to be even tougher.

St Luke’s Community Fundraising Manager Clare Robinson said: “The challenge broadens children’s experience of enterprise, helps to develop relationships within the community and informs the children of the incredible work of St Luke’s, while at the same time raising money to help continue this work.”

To find out more about Biz Kids email: c.robinson@hospicesheffield.co.uk or call 0114 235 7561.