Date: Thursday 14 July 2016
We’re making a significant investment in the local community in Honeybourne, Worcestershire, by backing a school project to encourage young entrepreneurs.
Our Midlands team – which is building new homes at Fair Acres in Honeybourne – has donated £1,000 to Honeybourne First School Academy, some of which has been used to sponsor a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition, with the rest funding the school’s new prospectus.
And we went one step further – with Sales and Marketing Director at our Midlands business unit, Anne Wallace, stepping forward as one of the ‘Dragons’ on the judging panel which considered the different business ideas pitched by the pupils and chose the winning product!
Elaine Huntington, school headteacher, says: “We’re delighted that Taylor Wimpey is sponsoring us and that Anne agreed to be one of our ‘Dragons’.
“The children designed products that they think will appeal to people and made presentations in the style of the TV programme to promote their ideas. They made prototypes and designed business cards and posters and also thought about whether there will be a demand for their products.
“It started off as a DT project but it has links to so many areas of the curriculum. It’s been great for the children’s English skills as well as learning about enterprise and British values. It’s all part of helping to prepare them for the wider world.”
Part of the money we provided funded prizes for the competition, as well as a trophy for the winners. The school hopes the competition will become an annual event.
Elaine adds: “I’m really pleased that Taylor Wimpey is making such a positive contribution as part of building in the local area. Their involvement with the school is adding to the children’s understanding of how the area is changing and how building will impact on the village and I hope we can continue to work with them as the development progresses.”
Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “As a responsible housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, so we are delighted to have sponsored the Dragons’ Den competition at Honeybourne First School Academy.
“I really enjoyed seeing the children’s presentations about their product ideas – and getting to say ‘I’m in’!”
There’s currently a choice of two, three, four and five‑bedroom homes at Fair Acres.