Bermondsey Pub Company, the Enterprise Inns managed operation, is partnering with Stride Ventures for a second year to support its Putting Young Minds to Work course, which gives young people the opportunity to learn more about the business world.
Stride Ventures, an organisation that aims to open young people’s minds to enterprise, has designed the course to address calls to introduce employability skills at an early age. Pupils work in teams to create their own businesses with a loan of up to £40. Activities include planning and pitching ideas, product development, costing, budgeting, marketing, and sales and business planning. As well as financial support, Bermondsey Pub Company will select finalists at a Dragons’ Den-style pitching process, as well as providing lunch and pub tours for the winning teams.
Bermondsey Pub Company operations director Richard Woodard said: “Pubs will always be a central hub for the local community and this scheme gives us the chance to reach out directly to support and develop the schoolchildren who are part of those communities.”
Following the success of last year’s partnership, the pubco has increased the number of sites taking part in the initiative from two to six.