Enterprise award for board game project

Enterprise award for board game project


 


29.06.07


 


 


A former economics teacher who has helped schoolchildren develop a board game aimed at teaching teenagers how to run a successful business has won an internationally-recognised award.


 


Andy Page has received a Business Enterprise Award for The ‘Enterprise’ Game from the International Association of Book-keepers.


 


More than 400 applications were received for the ten different BEA award categories and Andy scooped ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’.


 


Andy said: ‘I’m delighted. This award is a really exciting recognition of what we’ve achieved so far.’


 


A dozen secondary and special schools in Halton share in the business venture which is being fronted by Halton Education Business Partnership.


 


The original idea for The Enterprise Game was conceived more than 20 years ago but failed to get off the ground because business and enterprise were not part of the national curriculum. However, they are now recognised as key components of the modern education system.


 


Under Andy’s guidance as Halton Borough Council’s Education Business Partner-ship Manager, local schools took the original idea and set their pupils the challenge of developing it into a learning game for the 21st century.


 


Future looks bright for ex-teacher’s idea


 


THE board game has caught the imagination of pupils and teachers alike.


 


Now the youngsters behind the game are seeing their own enterprising efforts turn into a successful business.


 


They have raised £100,000 worth of grants to put their game into production, sourced a manufacturer in China and are selling it to education authorities and schools who use it as an educational tool to teach youngsters all about business and enterprise.


 


One of the judges, Lesley Meall, editor of Financial Accountant, said: ‘All of the finalists were impressive, but what Andy Page has achieved is exceptional.


 


Source: Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News