Westies is our onsite school shop.
In September 2015 we set up the Westholme Enterprises scheme for Sixth Form students to develop their business skills and allow them to hone their Entrepreneurial flair by creating their own Private Limited Company.
The shop was officially opened by Mr Andrew Hall, Managing Director of James Hall & Co. Ltd in March 2016.
Having a school shop benefits students, staff and visitors to the school but it is the input into the venture by students which really sets Westies apart. They were responsible for its design, location and layout. They worked closely with the schools maintenance team and also source stock by meeting with our catering manager and staff from James Hall Distribution. The students have had to budget and produce a cash flow forecast in order to prove that they can pay back the loan school have been willing to grant them.
Westies trade as a Ltd Company and the students have registered the company, opened its own business bank account and developed systems to account for all their money – they are well aware of the legal requirement for them to produce accurate financial published accounts. As a new group of students join the Sixth Form each year they too will have the opportunity to take over Westies and manage it with their own new ideas and business strategy.
Westholme Enterprises are particularly proud of the name and logo for Westies; it is certainly a unique and innovative design and we can’t wait to see how it will evolve over the coming years.