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North-Devon based teenagers awarded South West company of the year with eco-friendly company

Growing Greetings, a sustainable company founded by a group of passionate students from The Ilfracombe Academy, is proud to have been chosen as the south-west representative for the UK Young Enterprise Final. The company creates homemade, eco-friendly greetings cards featuring designs from local artists.

These innovative, handmade cards are not only visually appealing but also eco-friendly, as they are made from recycled materials found within their school community and embedded with wildflower seeds. When planted, these cards grow into beautiful wildflowers, contributing to the conservation of our planet's biodiversity as well as supporting the declining bee population.

Inspired by the urgency to address environmental concerns and the desire to foster a culture of sustainability, the team at Growing Greetings has meticulously developed this unique line of cards. Each card is carefully handcrafted with love and attention to detail, ensuring that every piece represents their commitment to a greener future.

What sets Growing Greetings apart from other companies is their dedication to Education. The student-led team have delivered a range of workshops to primary and secondary schools, as well as community organisations such as Rainbows. The workshops aim to teach students about the importance of recycling as well as the impact they have on their environment. The team have also delivered talks to Rotary as well as worked with other youth-led organisations such as Spark UK.

The Company has been set up as part of the Young Enterprise Company. As a national charity, Young Enterprise aims to motivate young people to succeed in the changing world of work by equipping them with the work skills, knowledge and confidence they need. They work directly with young people, teachers, volunteers, businesses and influencers to build a successful and sustainable future for all young people and society at large. Through their hands-on employability enterprise and financial education programmes, resources and teacher training, they want to significantly reduce youth unemployment, help young people realise their potential beyond education and empower a generation to work and to live.

Managing Director, 17-Year-Old, Conor Warren said ‘Young Enterprise has been beneficial for me. I want to set up my own businesses when I leave college and by taking part in this programme, it has allowed me to build crucial skills in management, production and given me lots of contacts in the business industry.’

16-year-old Madison Brocklesby, the head of production for the team said ‘I like young enterprise because it gives me the ability to think about my future and how I will need to work effectively with other students on a range of different projects. It helps to further understand the world of work including understanding the roles in a company which makes if successful’ .

Richard Vale, the head of careers at Ilfracombe Academy said ‘Young Enterprise has always proved to be a fantastic way to develop students' transferable skills. In terms of employability and next steps, the YE programme gives students a number of tools to equip them for a successful transition into the world of work’

As the global community strives for a more sustainable future, Growing Greetings emerges as a shining example of how young entrepreneurs can make a meaningful difference. Their innovative plantable greeting cards provide a tangible way for individuals to contribute to the preservation of our environment and support local communities. The team plan to continue their journey by creating a line of new products using their innovative paper including Notebooks, Gift Tags and Bookmarks.

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