Bright Stars Launch

Jan 13, 2020

Primary school entrepreneurs embark on  enterprising 2020 with Bright Stars

Children in primary schools across Cumbria are getting their new year off to an exciting start with Bright Stars 2020 which introduces them to leadership, entrepreneurship and the world of business.

The competition organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance and delivered in partnership with local businesses across Cumbria runs for 8 weeks from Monday January 13 and challenges the would-be bosses to take the £50 business stake they have been given and grow it to raise funds for their chosen charities.  With help from local companies and organisations partnering each school, the children can also generate cash for their schools and have lots of fun along the way as they turn their ideas into profits. 

As part of this process, the children must use their creativity and hard work to set up mini businesses and think about products, cost of manufacturing, marketing, teamwork and, of course, leadership and management. They will also be required to account for their spending and income.

For Bright Stars 2020 more than 20 schools have been partnered with businesses which recognise that it is a great way to forge links with their local communities and raise their profiles.

CfLP Executive Director Sarah Glass explains: “Raising the aspiration and confidence of Cumbria's young people is a vital part of the CfLP's work, and it is never too early to start.  The schools find Bright Stars is hugely beneficial, introducing the children to leadership and working together, and the activity incorporates core curriculum subjects including into maths and English. It is a huge confidence builder for the children, and also brings companies closer to their local communities.

“Our business partners recognise the importance of engaging with young children, and those taking part range from huge multinationals to local entrepreneurs, with sponsorship from Sellafield Ltd, Balfour Beatty and Kaefer enabling SMEs and smaller enterprises to take part.”

The competition closes on March 9th followed by judging and the announcement of the winners on March 13th.  Finally, a celebration on March 25th will acknowledge the achievements of the young entrepreneurs and their partner businesses. 

Prizes of £150 cash will be awarded to the school that raises the most money and for other categories including best profitability, teamwork, marketing idea, customer service, innovation, collaboration, and community involvement.  

The schools and businesses taking part in Bright Stars 2020 include:

Ashfield Junior School - Allerdale Borough Council 

Blennerhasset Primary School - Sealy UK

Dearham Primary School – Iggesund

Derwentvale Primary School – Age UK/Sellafield Ltd

Ewanrigg Junior School - LocaliQ

Frizington Community Primary School  - The Entrepreneurs Group Ltd/Balfour Beatty     

Gosforth Primary School  - Wood PLC

High Hesket CE Primary School – Capita

Holm Cultram Abbey CE School - Reays

Montreal CE Primary School - William King Construction/Sellafield Ltd

Moor Row Primary School - Doosan

Moresby Primary School - AS Design/Kaefer           

Newbarns Primary and Nursery School - Orian Solutions Ltd          

Orgill Primary School - Armstrong Watson Accountants

St James CE Infants and Nursery School - Xtreme Fitness/Sellafield Ltd

St Joseph’s Primary School - The Vicky Business Centre/Balfour Beatty   

St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Harrington) - Atkins      

Valley Primary School – Morgan Sindall

Victoria Academy – Oxley Group      

Walton and Lees Hill CE Primary School - Cumbria Waste Group  

Westfield Nursery and Primary School - Amcor