Students' busy bees win them national enterprise award

MONEY IN HONEY: Students Lucy Cox-O'Rourke, Danielle Noke, Maya Dixit, Anna-Louise Graham, Katie Butcher, and Edlina Prior

MONEY IN HONEY: Students Lucy Cox-O'Rourke, Danielle Noke, Maya Dixit, Anna-Louise Graham, Katie Butcher, and Edlina Prior

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FOUR Bournemouth students are flying high after their beehive enterprise won them a prestigious national award.

The Year 8 girls from Avonbourne College scooped the school’s fifth national Tenner Challenge win in a row with their Nectar Sector business.

The challenge lends £10 to young people to set up their own business and challenges them to make as much money as possible whilst making a difference.

And Avonbourne’s team won after making the biggest profit of all the entries.

The team – Katie Butcher, Edlina Prior, Danielle Noke and Lucy Cox-O’Rourke – made and sold keyrings and secured funding from the Green Goals Community Fund before buying a beehive and bee suits and paying for the annual management of the bees.

By next year they hope to sell honey with all proceeds going to the Farm Africa Project to help young people in Ethiopia become beekeepers.

Executive head teacher of Avonbourne College, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “We are all so proud of the girls and their amazing Nectar Sector business.

“Their venture has so many benefits. They will not only help preserve the very important bee population but they will also raise money to help young people in Africa.

“We are immensely proud of our continued success in the Tenner Challenge competition as the college actively encourages both a social and entrepreneurial spirit in all our students.”

Tenner founder and entrepreneur Oli Barrett MBE described Avonbourne as “one of the most enterprising colleges in the country”.

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