2B Enterprising, the company behind ‘The Bumbles of Honeywood’ entrepreneurial book series for children, has appointed two extra board members to drive forward growth.
Created and written by enterprise educator and BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur for Wales Sue Poole, The Bumbles of Honeywood is a children’s book series and enterprise skills programme that aims to provide children with important entrepreneurial skills.
Having sat on the ministerial task group advising the Welsh Government on enterprise education, Sue learnt that the curriculum was due for a change, and this led her to establish 2B Enterprising Ltd.
The Welsh curriculum is about to see enterprise skills become an essential aspect of Primary School education, and the programmes delivered by 2B Enterprising will help teach these skills through stories based around a family of bees - The Bumbles.
The Bumbles of Honeywood programme is already being delivered in schools across South Wales and the books are and other resources are available to parents via the website - www.thebumblesofhoneywood.co.uk.
In order to support its growth ambitions, the Company has added to its Board two new members, both of which bring complementary skills and experience to the team.
One of the new board members is award-winning Welsh businesswoman, Alison Orells. Alison was Swansea Bay Business ‘Woman of the year’ for 2016-17 and is the managing director of The Safety Letterbox Company, a Fast Track 50 company.
Alison said: “I became involved from a business perspective and the desire to support young people to work hard; the development of passion, self-belief and enterprise in young people is imperative to future-proof our business communities and our local economy.
“Young people need to be supported and inspired by businesses to enable them to challenge themselves, create a ‘can do’ attitude and to encourage hard work and determination to succeed.
“The introduction of this initiative into schools at a young age is an ingenious and exciting way to develop those life skills at an early age within our education system, this can also be supported and reinforced at home where possible with the variety of tools that are available.
“Importantly The Bumbles of Honeywood enables an interface between local businesses and education, and allows businesses to pursue a commitment to local community engagement and sustainability, ensuring that young people grow up to work hard and achieve, in turn, we hope, creating a future-proofed generation with the ability to be enterprising.’
Alison joins the board alongside serial entrepreneur Mark Hindmarsh co-founder of Smart Anchor Ventures, a business acceleration and co-investment vehicle.
Mark is an accomplished professional with 25 years experience operating as an entrepreneur, investor, mentor, fundraiser and a technology commercialisation expert.
Mark said: “Sue has created an extremely compelling and relevant children’s learning and development proposition around the original books she’s written and the characters within them.
“As a serial entrepreneur and someone who's passionate about improving education and encouraging young people to be enterprising, I was immediately drawn to Sue’s vision for the Bumbles of Honeywood and its global appeal.
“I've worked with Sue for the last 12 months and have experienced the early impact of Bumbles, so when asked to become Chairman to help steer the Company as it looks to scale its ambitions Internationally, I was delighted to accept.
“We will soon announce a number of exciting initiatives that we believe will accelerate growth and enable children, schools, parents, businesses and the local community to engage socially and responsibly through common interests.”
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