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Liverpool One Foundation

Liverpool One Foundation have very kindly funded fruit to suit C.I.C. to establish six healthy tuck shops in schools in the most deprived areas of Merseyside. Each school will receive a Creating a Company Challenge for up to 100 children, a Tuck Shop Manager Training to train the children to run the tuck shop independently, starting stock, evaluation sessions and lots more! We can't wait to get started and will keep you posted on how the schools progress. Thank you Liverpool One Foundation!

Welly Walk

Better Food Wirral very kindly funded a new fruit to suit program called Strawberry Enterprises. The program runs over a few months and involves picking strawberries, making strawberry jam and selling it at the school fair. However it's not quite as simple as that! The children:

  1. Learn about what goes into our foods and how to read food packaging i.e. ingredients and traffic light system
  2. Go on a Welly Walk to Claremont Farm and see the strawberries being planted
  3. Have Enterprise Training to learn about costings, market research, marketing and finances
  4. Return to Claremont Farm in June/July to pick the strawberries
  5. Make the strawberry jam
  6. Sell it at the summer school fair
  7. Evaluate

Last Wednesday on a beautiful spring day fruit to suit and children from St Michaels and All Angels Primary School, Woodchurch went on the Welly Walk. The children (and me!) learned so much about farming including:

  1. The history of Claremont Fram
  2. How farming has changed over the years
  3. How the fruit and vegetables are grown
  4. How important the wildlife is to the farm
  5. How they earn money during the winter months
  6. And we picked and tasted rhubarb! 

To book a Welly Walk for your school contact Andy via their website www.claremontfarm.co.uk. It's a fascinating insight into farming and the photographs below show how much fun they had:

We love our job!

What a lovely post to read on Facebook from Sonya, one of our Franchise Owners:

I haven't really got time to be posting on Facebook this week but I just had to share...

Running your own business is really tough, and really lonely at times especially if you are self-employed and all the drive, motivation and decisions have to come from yourself. In the last 2 years running fruit tosuit in Liverpool and St. Helens I have had many big challenges and many little triumphs, but it's still a worry every Monday waiting for orders tocome through from the children (hoping that there will be enough to take a small wage and allow the business to continue to be viable).

However every time I go into a school and experience first hand the fun, creativity, enthusiasm and ideas that the children come up with to launch and run their own businesses in school. I witness the team-work and problem solving and hear them grow in confidence over the course of the year as they place their orders each Monday and market their businesses, it reminds me how lucky I am to be doing this job.

Today was no exception - first I visited Carr Mill Primary school to see the Yr5 Marketing managers deliver a superb launch assembly to the rest of the school, together with a professional informative PowerPoint presentation. Then I went on to Garswood Primary school to train a group of children some as young as 7 to run their own business - again the enthusiasm was overwhelming as everyone got stuck into completing their business plan and learning their manager roles.

I am also amazed at the enthusiasm of staff in the new schools I visit totalk about fruit to suit, last week alone 2 schools signed up to the program immediately after being given glowing recommendations from other schools. There is no doubt in my mind that fruit to suit is the best thing I ever did. Lets hope it continues to grow and prosper so that more children can be engaged in running a real life profitable business for their school.

West Wirral Funding

West Wirral Constituency have very kindly funded enterprise training for four primary schools in West Wirral.

Their training will consist of:

Creating a Company Challenge

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Lord Young, June 2014

"Enterprise means more than just the ability to become an entrepreneur. It is that quality that gives an individual a positive outlook, an ability to see the glass as half full rather than half empty, and is a valuable attribute for the whole of life. It is a quality many bring with them on starting primary school but far too many leave secondary school without." Lord Young, June 2014

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Welcome Claire

fruit to suit would like to welcome our newest franchise owner Claire Rawisinski.

Claire will be working with schools and businesses in the Coventry and Leicester area.

Welcome on board Claire!