“Here’s an idea. Thousands of ten pound notes are being handed out at schools across the country as part of a new scheme to promote what the government calls “Social Enterprise”. Andrew Reynolds, a millionaire businessman has donated the money for the competition called “Make Your Mark With A Tenner”.
A young entrepreneur called Ollie Barratt came to us with an idea for how he wanted to give ten thousand school kids ten pounds each. And they were going to be challenged to create as much social, and environmental impact as they could within one month; but also as much profit as they could. We didn’t have the money to do so. So, what we decided to try and do was find a wealthy benefactor. So, Andrew Reynolds , then, was our knight in shining armour. We asked him for £100,000, so we’re not talking about small change here. And within twenty four hours he’d said “Yes”. Andrew Reynolds has been, pretty much, the perfect partner. He turned up to Stockwell Park School to launch it, which lead to a lot of national coverage.
I think this is just up Andrew’s street because the opportunity to inspired and encourage hundreds of thousands of school kids to be enterprising, to be entrepreneurial, and to show them that you don’t have to come from a wealthy family to make something. You can actually make something from nothing, or, in this case, you can make something with just ten pounds. It’s been a great project, and if it hadn’t been for Andrew Reynolds, we’d never have got off the ground and, and with that support and with that help from Andrew Reynolds, it is now going to be a continuing project that Enterprise Insight and Make Your Mark will run every single year.