- To encourage an entrepreneurial spirit encompassing creativity, curiosity, imagination, and collaboration by organising in-school business initiatives and connections to the outside world.
We are passionate about including entrepreneurial experience for the students at TAGS. We are planning to launch a social enterprise business, which will be connected to the school giving the pupils daily access to the whole spectrum of business planning.
The social enterprise will be launched in October 2014. It will be an online catalogue selling gifts, clothing and food items from local suppliers. As well as benefiting the students, the business will be a valuable outlet for local suppliers who need support as they usually cannot compete with big business on price or convenience.
Informed buyers are now questioning where their goods come from, and where the profits from their purchases go to. Ethical consumerism and social enterprise is now becoming more widespread.
The pupils from TAGS will be involved in every aspect of the business as an ongoing and in-depth work experience program. All profits from the business will be invested back into the school providing bursaries and various programs, which will benefit the students.
Involvement with the business will also make a difference to those pupils who need an alternative educational provision. If they have a broader experience between the ages of 14-17, they will have more time and will be more likely to find an area of high interest, which can be nurtured and developed. Experiencing all facets of the business could set them on a path of social entrepreneurship, which is of great value if they decide to start their own business or if they work for a company as an ‘intrepreneur.’
Social Enterprise – The UK is one of the world leaders for social enterprise. It is estimated there are 62,000 social enterprises in the UK. Overall these contribute more than £24 billion into the British economy, employing a workforce of nearly one million people (source – www.idea.gov.uk).