Youngsters' business idea going down a storm

Dorset Echo: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Sharla Helms, left and Charlotte Pascoe are taking part in the Grow a Tenner project YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Sharla Helms, left and Charlotte Pascoe are taking part in the Grow a Tenner project

HOME-MADE postcards are going down a storm for two young entrepreneurs.

Sharla Helms and Charlotte Pascoe are both 10-years-old and attend IPACA school. They are taking part in a national project run by Young Enterprise called Grow your Tenner. The project is running across IPACA.

Over the next month they have to start their own business, making as much profit as they can and complete various business challenges.

These include: writing a business proposal, explaining about their idea and what business they would create if they were lent £10 by the school.

The friends hit upon the idea of starting a business called Storms R Us, selling postcards of the recent Portland storms, showing how Chesil Beach has changed.

Photographs of the beach were taken by the pair, their families and friends donated images from Facebook.

Portland Pride helped the friends create their postcards by match funding their first £10 so they could afford to print 100 colour postcards to sell for a profit.

They were also able to use their computers, were lent display stands and will be selling the postcards from the shop in Easton.

Director Kim Wilcocks said: “Portland Pride was created to showcase local talent. Storms R Us are the perfect example of this, two young entrepreneurs coming together to create a fantastic and unique product inspired by the Island.”

The friends did some market research to see what people in Easton thought would be a good price to pay for the postcards – with most agreeing on 50 pence.

The Storms R Us cards are available across Portland at Whitestones Coffee Shop, Jacksons Café, Flair Hairdressers, Osprey Leisure Centre, The Blue Fish Café, The Cove House Inn, The ICA office and The British Legion in Fortuneswell.

Sharla and Charlotte said: “Our product is special because nobody else has made postcards with pictures of the storms and how much Chesil Beach has changed.

“We thought postcards would be a good idea because so many people had stood and watched the waves and have visited the beach since, that people would like a reminder or something they could send to people.”

The friends will be donating 60 percent of anything they make to Island Community Action, a charity helping older people on Portland.

Sharla and Charlotte added: “We hope to sell loads of cards to make money for charity and pay our investors back and make enough money for Mothers Day.”

n Anyone wishing to stock the cards or buy some should call 07403 430530.

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