Lip Varvi - 2013
Students and staff were very excited as they got ready for the launch of their pop-up shop selling unique hand -dyed garments and accessories. “Lip Varvi” opened on Friday 7th June 2013 in Stourbridge Ryemarket Shopping Centre.
In January 2013, a group of 8 Year 10 GCSE Graphic Design pupils competed in the finals of a competition run by the Black Country Enterprise Challenge to develop the idea of a pop-up shop. The team had a good, deliverable business idea (a unique clothing and accessory range aimed at the teenage market) and as a result they were offered a vacant shop in Stourbridge. This opportunity helped turn an idea into reality and supported the local town and high street regeneration initiative.
After a lot of hard work and commitment (dying garments and accessories, making bags and shop displays and securing sponsorship from local retailers and business etc.), a range of totally individual and unique t-shirts and accessories were made.
These were available to buy in the “Lip Varvi” shop. Mrs Kate Hunter, head of Design Technology said, “This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to have a taste in enterprise and entrepreneurship. The team and other students have worked very hard using a variety of tie-dye and other dying techniques to ensure every garment is truly unique. They have learnt new creative skills together with gaining experience in building a business idea, the production of products, working as a team and delivering to a tight deadline to name but a few. Having the shop will allow the team to see how important selling skills are in ensuring a business is successful. Local business support has been invaluable to the project and we would like to thank all who have supported our venture”.
The shop was opposite Poundland in the Ryemarket and on the launch day, staff and students were joined by MP Margot James and The Deputy Mayor for Dudley. The shop will be opened from 9:30-3:00 on Fridays and Saturdays throughout June.
Our Headteacher, Mr Lloyd explains, ”We were really excited by this fantastic opportunity for our students. Once again Pedmore is took a lead in Stourbridge by working with the local community, businesses and other organisations to develop skills that will take them forward. This Enterprise venture was just one example of many new initiatives that are being developed and delivered at Pedmore. The susscess of this project has led to the offer of a brand new GCSE in Business Enterprise for our Year 9's starting September 2014. From this, there will be more exciting enterprise ventures to come”.
If you would like to find out more the Lip Varvi project or any more of our Enterprise initiative please ring 01384 816660.