THEY say too many cooks spoil the broth, but eight talented young businessmen from Seaford College have found the recipe for success.
Since September, team ‘Summit’ have dedicated their spare time to the Young Enterprise project, spending hours around their studies on designing a viable product that can be sold to the public. Their product is a cookbook, Kidz Cook! with recipes for kids, by kids.
Their team work and dedication is paying off – Summit have already won an award for their business plan, and have started making a profit. They now have their sights set on the competition finals.
Summit is managed by Tom Newman, 17, in charge of ‘the big decisions’ and ensuring ‘everyone gets their work done’. His colleagues praised Tom for his fantastic leadership, saying they ‘couldn’t have had a better MD.’
Head of design is Jack Jamieson, 16, Keaton Smout, 17, is head of marketing and sales, press and publicity, Wolf Labeji, 17, is company secretary. Olly Hunt, 17, is the sales assistant, and proofread the book and business plan.
Sam Lowndes, 16, is head of human resources and Freddie Miller, 16, is in charge of administration and finance.
Having taken his maths GCSE early, he is already well qualified for the role.
They have been helped by teachers Fiona Askew and Breege Jinks, deputy head academic.
Keaton said: “It’s crucial all of us were a part of this. We thought it was an important scheme to be a part of and we are all very proud of what we have done. Even when the scheme comes to an end, it doesn’t mean we have to stop.”
When they signed up to Young Enterprise, the group set about doing market research – asking everyone from schoolchildren to little sisters to find out what would work.
“From the responses we had, they all loved our idea,” said Jack. “Personally, I love the design. We have all worked together and each individual skill from the group has been used 100 per cent.
“I had a couple of 3am finishes, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“It’s taught us so many new skills and we have really learnt from each other. We will sell as many of our books as we can.”
Thanks to Jack’s graphic design skills, Summit made a striking book with matching business cards – and they’re hoping their brand will go global. Seaford prep school pupils created recipes then made them in their life skills lessons. “It was really good fun,” said Jack. “They all had the chance to create their own unique recipe. It was good homework for them.” Olly added: “We wanted to encourage creativity.” Tom was given the job of chief food critic. “There were some really tasty recipes. The Malteser cake was great, and the smart phone shortbread was really innovative – you can even make little apps to go on it.”
Summit has sold books to family and friends, and will be going to trade fairs around the area. They will have a stall in Chichester on March 14.
Seaford headmaster John Green beamed with pride as he praised the efforts of team Summit. “They have done incredibly well, and shown tremendous entrepreneurial spirit and team work,” he said.
“They have created an exciting product which will be useful for all.”
Kidz Cook! is £9 and can be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org