“Our school ethos is about what we can do rather than what we are unable to do.”
Made up of nine young entrepreneurs from Cann Bridge School – a specialist provision school for students with learning difficulties – in Plymouth, We Cann Do Gifts took Tycoon in Schools 2014 by storm.
With support from local volunteers, the group produced and sold novelty Christmas jumpers for wine bottles, making an enormous profit that placed them third on the leaderboard at the close of trading. They then attended the final in Buckingham Palace in March, where they scooped a runners-up award.
Cann Bridge deputy head teacher Wendy Fisher said: “We have been so impressed by the life skills that the students learned and the level of independence that they showed. They have learned to work together as a team and learned that jobs can be divided up and everyone can play their part.
“Our school ethos is about what we can do rather than what we are unable to do. The success we have had is due to the structures in place, the commitment of everyone involved and a fun product that caught people’s imagination. During the process, we’ve made local community links – interacting with the public in a positive and dynamic way – and have seen increased pride and self-confidence in our students.”
Team member Chandan Stockman, 17, said:“We are very proud of our trophy and were very excited to go to Buckingham Palace. It was a great competition and it was nice to get to know the other groups and see the ideas that they had for business as well. There were some things that we thought we would like to try at our school.”