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Enterprising Derbyshire pupils show their business skills with animal shaped balloons!

Balloons that could be walked on a piece of string were the advertising tactics employed by one group



ANIMAL-SHAPED balloons that could be walked on a piece of string were the advertising tactics employed by one group of students at a trade fair in Derby.

Sixth-form students at Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eaton used the fun idea to entice people to find out more about their party-organising service for children.

The team, called Kinetic, were among eight other entrepreneurs taking part in the annual Young Enterprise competition.

And yesterday, they were at Derby’s Westfield Centre showcasing their products and services at a trade fair in the shopping centre.

Pupil Sophie Pickford, 17, said: “The balloons have little legs so they walk. We have different animals, such as a penguin, duck, ladybird, cow and turtle.

“We are hoping people come and buy the balloons and see what our service is about.”

But although organising a party seems like fun and an exciting idea, the team spoke of how busy they had been – from designing and printing tickets, writing and sending letters to parents to decorating the school hall.

Sophie added: “We held a Christmas party for year eight pupils at our school and 65 pupils came.

“We put on music, food and drink as well as offering song requests.

“We put on games and also took photographs for them. It was great.

“It was good to see what we could improve on in the future.

“We are all studying A-levels so it was busy having to fit in all of this work in our spare time.

“I really enjoyed doing it, though.”

Now the team is planning to hold an Easter party, but for younger children.

Pupil Emily Thums, 17, said: “It has been a really good experience and I have learned a lot from it.”

Chris Greenall, business studies teacher at Wilsthorpe Community School, said: “The team have done amazingly and they have really grown in confidence.

“Not everything has gone right for them but they have learned from their mistakes.

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