Westies is our new onsite school shop.
In September 2015 we set up the Westholme Enterprises scheme for Sixth Form students to develop their business skills and allow them to hone their Entrepreneurial flair by creating their own Private Limited Company.
The shop was officially opened by Mr Andrew Hall, Managing Director of James Hall & Co. Ltd in March 2016.
Having a school shop benefits students, staff and visitors to the school but it is the input into the venture by students which really sets Westies apart. They were responsible for its design, location and layout. They worked closely with the schools maintenance team and also source stock by meeting with Mrs Ballan our catering manager, staff from James Hall Distribution. The students have had to budget and produce a cash flow forecast in order to prove that they can pay back the loan school have been willing to grant them.
Westies trade as a Ltd Company and the students have registered the company, opened its own business bank account and developed systems to account for all their money – they are well aware of the legal requirement for them to produce accurate financial published accounts. As a new group of students join the Sixth Form each year they too will have the opportunity to take over Westies and manage it with their own new ideas and business strategy.
Westholme Enterprises are particularly proud of the name and logo for Westies; it is certainly a unique and innovative design and we can’t wait to see how it will evolve over the coming years.
2017-2018 ...the story continues
Our very own in-school business, Westies, has improved massively since the start of the school year! We have recruited 6 new Lower Sixth members: Shuresh, Ben, Tilly, Harriette, Hannah and Lewis to accompany the 9 Upper Sixth members that have stayed on from last year: Chloe, Rumi, Charlotte, Dan, Ben, Emma, Holly, Leoni and Baylie.
Additionally, fourteen Year 9 students have volunteered to work for Westies at lunch times which will help improve their confidence in speaking, serving others and gives them a new life skill to help them to be outgoing in the future.
Westies have also sold things for charity such as selling for Children in Need and Project Linus. The team have collectively thought about what they sell to make sure that the products are ethical. House T-Shirts have been in trend as for the first time, all Year 7’s have purchased a House T-Shirt.
We have also brought back the ‘Westies Christmas Baubles’ which were very popular last year, to get the school in the mood for the joyous period of Christmas! Staff promotions on greeting cards are also a new feature in Westies which we think will both benefit the staff and also the business. Furthermore, we have now got an online account with our trusted suppliers, Bookers.
Finally, the first financial reports will be given to Mrs Davenport in a weeks’ time!