Sweet success for budding entrepreneur Rhiannon

Sweet success for budding entrepreneur Rhiannon

TOUCH OF SUGAR: Rhiannon Chapman, 5, who made £200 at the weekend by selling homemade lemonade on her own stall

HARD AT WORK: Rhiannon at her stall

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LORD Sugar may want to take note of the budding business exploits of little Rhiannon Chapman.

At just five years old the Isle of Portland Aldridge Academy (IPACA) youngster is already showing signs of becoming an enterprising business leader.

Rhiannon was given just £10 to get a business project off the ground as the IPACA took part in a national project.

The determined youngster spent the money on lemons and other ingredients to make her own lemonade and headed down to Weymouth town centre to set up a stall and start selling her drinks.

Within an hour-and-a-half she had sold out but, rather than resting on her laurels, Rhiannon spent some of her profits on more ingredients and headed down to St Mary Street the following day and set up her stall with more lemonade outside the Fantastic Sausage Factory.

In total over the weekend the budding entrepreneur made around £200.

Mum Sharon said: “With the first £10 she made she could only make a five-litre container worth but she went and bought more and made ten litres and went back the next day and she sold out in under two hours.

“It’s because she’s so cute and got the cute factor people were just giving her money without even buying lemonade.”

She added that people also liked Rhiannon’s ‘big voice’ as she pulled in the punters.

From the money she raised through the project 40 per cent will go to charity, 20 per cent goes to Rhiannon’s school and she gets to keep the remaining 40 per cent.

Sharon said: “When I asked he what she’s going to do with the money she said ‘I’m going to buy more lemons’.”

She added that little Rhiannon had thoroughly enjoyed the experience of running her own business and it had been a good learning experience.

Sharon said: “She’s absolutely loved it.

“Hopefully she’s showed you’re never too young to start in business.

“She’s really enjoyed squeezing all the lemons as well.”

Rhiannon added: “It’s been brilliant.”

Mum Sharon said Rhiannon could also branch out with her business plans after she had been inspired by Dennis Spurr at the Fantastic Sausage Factory.

When asked about her future plans, Rhiannon added: “I’m going to sell sausages.”

Rhiannon was taking part in Young Enterprise’s Tenner Challenge, where students are pledged £10 and have a month to make a profit.


Students are free to donate the profits to charity or keep for themselves.
 

For more information visit tenner.org.uk or young-enterprise.org.uk

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7:11am Wed 12 Mar 14

Senga2013 says...

Well done Rhiannon! Do you know, that you are very lucky?
Most of the people if they would like to stand up a stall, they are NOT ALLOWED !....
Just look around in the town center and on the beach! You can not see any stall holders or pedlars at all. In other countries the town centers and the beaches are full with them. The beach in Weymouth is empty.
Are you thinking...? Who owns the two coffees on the beach?...
Well done Rhiannon! Do you know, that you are very lucky? Most of the people if they would like to stand up a stall, they are NOT ALLOWED !.... Just look around in the town center and on the beach! You can not see any stall holders or pedlars at all. In other countries the town centers and the beaches are full with them. The beach in Weymouth is empty. Are you thinking...? Who owns the two coffees on the beach?... Senga2013
  • Score: -5

10:08am Wed 12 Mar 14

MissKim4 says...

Welldone Rhiannon!

Brilliant Idea! Especially with the weather we have been having!
Are you out this weekend? I may come and get a cup of lemonade myself.
I hope you have the chance to expand your new business and perhaps even design your own brand for the future.
More projects like this are needed to give children enthusiasm and excitement in life. Not only will children learn about helping others but they will also gain some very important life skills.
Welldone Rhiannon! Brilliant Idea! Especially with the weather we have been having! Are you out this weekend? I may come and get a cup of lemonade myself. I hope you have the chance to expand your new business and perhaps even design your own brand for the future. More projects like this are needed to give children enthusiasm and excitement in life. Not only will children learn about helping others but they will also gain some very important life skills. MissKim4
  • Score: 4

10:27am Wed 12 Mar 14

AndyBlackwood says...

Senga2013 wrote:
Well done Rhiannon! Do you know, that you are very lucky?
Most of the people if they would like to stand up a stall, they are NOT ALLOWED !....
Just look around in the town center and on the beach! You can not see any stall holders or pedlars at all. In other countries the town centers and the beaches are full with them. The beach in Weymouth is empty.
Are you thinking...? Who owns the two coffees on the beach?...
Stall holders and pedlars are allowed to operate but they have to adhere to the Council's policy, which aims to strike a balance between the needs of shopholders, residents and visitors. Traders are able to operate all year round if they wish. If there weren't any visible at the weekend it's because they chose not to trade rather than being prevented from doing so by the Council.
Full details are here if you're interested
https://www.dorsetfo
ryou.com/401765
[quote][p][bold]Senga2013[/bold] wrote: Well done Rhiannon! Do you know, that you are very lucky? Most of the people if they would like to stand up a stall, they are NOT ALLOWED !.... Just look around in the town center and on the beach! You can not see any stall holders or pedlars at all. In other countries the town centers and the beaches are full with them. The beach in Weymouth is empty. Are you thinking...? Who owns the two coffees on the beach?...[/p][/quote]Stall holders and pedlars are allowed to operate but they have to adhere to the Council's policy, which aims to strike a balance between the needs of shopholders, residents and visitors. Traders are able to operate all year round if they wish. If there weren't any visible at the weekend it's because they chose not to trade rather than being prevented from doing so by the Council. Full details are here if you're interested https://www.dorsetfo ryou.com/401765 AndyBlackwood
  • Score: 8

10:27am Wed 12 Mar 14

AndyBlackwood says...

p.s. Great work Rhiannon!
p.s. Great work Rhiannon! AndyBlackwood
  • Score: 4

10:44am Wed 12 Mar 14

elloello1980 says...

Senga2013 wrote:
Well done Rhiannon! Do you know, that you are very lucky? Most of the people if they would like to stand up a stall, they are NOT ALLOWED !.... Just look around in the town center and on the beach! You can not see any stall holders or pedlars at all. In other countries the town centers and the beaches are full with them. The beach in Weymouth is empty. Are you thinking...? Who owns the two coffees on the beach?...
what a sad act you are, Senga2013.

Well done little girl :)

Although the school nabbing 20% is a bit cheeky. Unless they're explaing it's 20% VAT ;)
[quote][p][bold]Senga2013[/bold] wrote: Well done Rhiannon! Do you know, that you are very lucky? Most of the people if they would like to stand up a stall, they are NOT ALLOWED !.... Just look around in the town center and on the beach! You can not see any stall holders or pedlars at all. In other countries the town centers and the beaches are full with them. The beach in Weymouth is empty. Are you thinking...? Who owns the two coffees on the beach?...[/p][/quote]what a sad act you are, Senga2013. Well done little girl :) Although the school nabbing 20% is a bit cheeky. Unless they're explaing it's 20% VAT ;) elloello1980
  • Score: 3

11:34am Wed 12 Mar 14

RifRafDac says...

Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.
Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement. RifRafDac
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Wed 12 Mar 14

elloello1980 says...

RifRafDac wrote:
Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.
"people" or person?
[quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.[/p][/quote]"people" or person? elloello1980
  • Score: 1

1:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

RifRafDac says...

elloello1980 wrote:
RifRafDac wrote:
Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.
"people" or person?
People. It is not an article about the council or standing up a bloody stall. It is about a little girl with an achievement.
[quote][p][bold]elloello1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.[/p][/quote]"people" or person?[/p][/quote]People. It is not an article about the council or standing up a bloody stall. It is about a little girl with an achievement. RifRafDac
  • Score: 1

2:19pm Wed 12 Mar 14

ViewPoyntz says...

Well done Rhiannon!
Well done Rhiannon! ViewPoyntz
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Wed 12 Mar 14

elloello1980 says...

RifRafDac wrote:
elloello1980 wrote:
RifRafDac wrote: Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.
"people" or person?
People. It is not an article about the council or standing up a bloody stall. It is about a little girl with an achievement.
so, 'person' then?
[quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elloello1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.[/p][/quote]"people" or person?[/p][/quote]People. It is not an article about the council or standing up a bloody stall. It is about a little girl with an achievement.[/p][/quote]so, 'person' then? elloello1980
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Wed 12 Mar 14

wowfood says...

RifRafDac wrote:
Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.
Those folks are probably annoyed because this 5 year old girl made more money in a weekend than they get out of their monthly benefit cheque.
[quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: Forget the pathetic comments from the plonkers who have nothing better to do! This is a story about a little girl who has an amazing talent and it is a shame that people feel the need to be horrid. Fantastic achievement.[/p][/quote]Those folks are probably annoyed because this 5 year old girl made more money in a weekend than they get out of their monthly benefit cheque. wowfood
  • Score: 2

9:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

westbaywonder says...

WELL DONE RHIANNON!!!
WELL DONE RHIANNON!!! westbaywonder
  • Score: 1

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