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Budding Entrepreneurs on the Scent of Success at Morrison’s Academy’s Inaugural Primary Enterprise Challenge

Morrison’s Academy, Perthshire’s leading independent day school, has launched its first ever Primary School Enterprise Challenge – and more than 200 budding entrepreneurs from schools across the region have already signed up to it.

As part of the new business initiative, P7 pupils from St Dominic’s R.C. Primary School, Dunning Primary School, Kilgraston School, Dunblane Primary School and Morrison’s Academy have been challenged to produce their own perfume or aftershave brand. Using natural ingredients to make the fragrance, the youngsters must consider every phase of the product’s life from bottling and packaging to branding, marketing and presenting it as a business venture.

A series of tailored lesson plans developed by the Morrison’s Academy Business Department have been given to each participating school and will be delivered to pupils by class teachers over the course of the summer term. Once finalists have been picked from each school, they will be invited to the grand final event at the Morrison’s Academy campus in Crieff on
Thursday, 30 May.

During the day they will be given the ingredients to make their fragrances and hear from a selection of speakers, including Rupinder Drew from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, with tips and advice on fine tuning their products. As the event draws to a close pupils will pitch their business ideas in front of their peers and families to a panel of judges.

Mr Craig Roy, Head of Business & Enterprise at Morrison’s Academy, who created the Primary School Enterprise Challenge, says: “We’re absolutely delighted by the response to our new business initiative and have already had fantastic feedback from teachers. Pupils are fully engaged in the lessons and are having fun developing their products from scratch.

“Aligned with the Scottish Government’s aim to foster a nationwide culture of entrepreneurship, pupils at Morrison’s Academy participate in enterprise activities from starting nursery at the age of 2 until they depart in S6. It’s very exciting to collaborate with other schools and unite pupils across Scotland so that they can develop their problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership skills together.”