St. Barts Y6 Enterprise Project

The Open Market and Quiet Down There

Y 6 came to visit the Open Market, Brighton, to familiarise themselves with the existing stalls and shops. They looked at all the languages and cultures that are represented there and evaluated successful stalls and shops to help inform their own stalls they were going to be running.

The class was split into 4 groups and each group had a brief and ‘business start up pack’ – a budget of £5 in which to buy something from the market, which they could then develop into a product to sell. Think ‘The Apprentice’ but with nicer people and and a social conscience! Projects ranged from seeds and plants, to beeswax, haberdashery to customise cotton shopping bags and healthy snacks.

Back at school the teams developed their businesses- branding, names, packaging and learnt about the history of The Open Market and of Harry Cowley, a local social activist, who was key in securing the market as a permanent fixture for cheap, quality fruit and vegetables. Any profits made from their businesses would have to be reinvested back into the community or school as a legacy of Harry Cowley.

Market day was was a real buzz of excitement and trade was so brisk that some groups had sold out before the parents and carers came to shop after school! Close on £150 profit was made and the groups were going to decide how to reinvest this back into their community.

This project was managed by ‘Quiet Down There’ and written and delivered by Janette Cullen, made successful by the amazing support of Brighton Open Market traders.

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