Soupers Winning Soups

By | Apr 3, 2011

An excellent example of youthful innovation and entrepreneurship was showcased recently when pupils at the Gordon Schools in Huntley got the chance to show off their business skills in a competition run by Huntly Farmers’ Market for the Young Enterprise scheme.

The winning group of sixth year pupils (Rosie Pope, Olivia and Catherine Busson) formed a company called Souper. The business was producing and selling homemade soup at Huntly Farmers’ Market.

The prize included £100 start-up capital, donated by Huntly Farmers’ Market, business advice from retired businessman and market chairman, Richard Hammock and marketing advice from stall-holder Anna Wilson. The winners also received a free stall at the Farmers’ Market for three months.

Richard Hammock explains why Souper were real winners: “The winning group were asked to produce a business plan for an enterprise producing something they could sell at the market without competing with existing stall holders. Not an easy brief, but these three girls came up with an excellent plan”

The group were delighted with their win: Rosie Pope commented “It’s been a great opportunity to get involved in the competition and winning such a great prize. We’ve enjoyed creating the soups, although it’s been hard work, we are all really excited and looking forward to Saturday! To make a profit would be brilliant, but to be honest, the cover our costs and break even will be such an achievement”

On 2nd April Souper launched four varieties of their homemade soup – Bacon and Lentil, Carrot and Courgette, Cajun Spiced Butternut Squash and the most recent addition Curried Parsnip.

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