That’s a gem of an idea!

Two budding entrepreneurs from a Hoyland college have won a prize for their business start-up idea.

The “I know I can” challenge gives young people the chance to start their own business, with mentoring support of a local entrepreneur who they are matched with and who loans them £25 to help them get started.

Jessica Goodwin and Jade Brookes from Kirk Balk Community College won a £50 prize for their business, ‘Rose and Thimble’, which was presented by Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis MBE and Andy Chesterton, chair of the I know I can Barnsley Big Challenge Steering Group. Their winning idea was to create handmade jewellery from scrabble tiles and other bric-a-brac.

The students, along with the other 110 teams enrolled so far, will now take their ideas to the business start up stage, with the help and support of their own dedicated mentor.

Andy Chesterton said: “The idea for the challenge came about because it was recognised that there was a need to encourage and develop the confidence, enthusiasm, and motivation of young people in Barnsley and give them a real life experience of setting up a business”.