Thursday, October 2, 2008

News: The fruits of Rotherham Ready on display


Adam Crookes and Ben Parkin, the men from Thorpe Hesley, have established a profitable fruit business that is defying the credit crunch and paying dividends for its shareholders. The boys, both 10, have been a leading light in Rotherham Ready’s enterprise quest after setting up Fruit4u with their Year 5 colleagues and making a sufficient return to guarantee a class party, fully paid for by the company, when their careers at Thorpe Hesley Juniors comes to an end in July. Fruit4u was established with the help of £5 loans from members of staff at the school, which was used to buy in stock and market the company at break and dinner times. The issues of stock control, cash flow and marketing were all dealt with head on, allowing the class to reap the rewards. Adam said: "We sold the company at the end of the year but we will be passing down the enterprise skills we have gained to Mr Wirth’s new class and hopefully they will be able to learn a lot from our business too." The next stop for Adam and Ben is the leaving party in June that Fruit4u’s £138 profit has funded.
Rotherham Ready website


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