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Social Enterprise a ‘Big Issue’ for students at The Clere School

The Clere School was delighted to welcome Kirsten Thompson from The Big Issue on Wednesday 11th January. Kirsten came in to talk to Year 11 Business Studies pupils about social enterprise, and in particular The Big Issue and how it was one of the starters, and continues to be at the forefront, of social enterprise.

Social enterprise is a not for profit business with a social mission, which will benefit everyone in the community. Government Ministers have this year announced a plan to help more people make financial investments that have a positive impact on the world – whether that’s done by addressing poverty, environmental problems, or lack of inclusion and opportunity.

Big Issue Invest – the social investment arm of The Big Issue Group - has led the way in this field for over a decade now. Launched in 2005, Big Issue Invest helped kick-start the sector and grow the relationship between big investors and social enterprises with bright ideas.

Ms Thompson said “I am very grateful to The Clere School for allowing me to come in and talk to their pupils. There are a lot of misconceptions about The Big Issue, what we do and what we are trying to achieve. Talks like this enable me to break down these barriers amongst the younger generation.”

This was a very important meeting for Business Studies pupils at The Clere, as their social enterprise work will account for 25% of their Business Studies assessment. Headteacher Benjamin Bond says “I am delighted to welcome The Big Issue and to see the entrepreneurial nature of our pupils as well as welcoming their enthusiasm and desire for this project.”

Olivia Allen, a Year 11 student says “It was an interesting and eye opening experience and I learnt a lot from Ms Thompson”.

Fellow Year 11 student Dominic Edwards-Calvert says “It was very informative and particularly useful as I am currently researching The Big Issue for my project.”