SHARE – A library of things
We gave a team of 8 participants an empty shop in town on a meanwhile lease agreement, a £500 budget, a 6 week time frame and the challenge to create the first UK Share shop, blending business models from across the world to tackle the issue of consumption, waste and the urgent need of local people below the poverty line who struggle to access basic household and other items. After 6 weeks the shop launched supported by a group of 20 volunteers from the local community, 200 items including DIY tools, kitchen equipment and household items which were donated to the shop by local people.
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The team of participants had developed the business plan, built the shop interior, created a system for borrowing, recruited and trained volunteers, and organised a launch party. Six month on the shop has now more than 500 quality items, over 200 members and generates already 50% of its operating costs through donations for borrowing items.
Frome Wood-fired Pizza Oven
A small team of participants took on the challenge to start-up a Wood-fired pizza oven business within 4 weeks. The mission was to create a business that would enable unemployed young adults to earn some income and to promote locally produced food. We supplied them the Pizza oven, gave them training in food hygiene and business start-up. The pizza oven was hired by community groups, the local council and housing associations as a focal point of their events, as well as for private functions. The oven paid back the initial investment, and generated income for both Edventure and the young adults who run it.
Frome Market Challenge
Frome has a vibrant market which provides opportunities for local people to earn income by selling homemade products. To encourage more people locally to make use of this opportunity and grow the local economy, we challenged our participants and other people in Frome to create an ethical and sustainable product within 4 weeks, with an initial budget of less than £100. The winner of the challenge was the team that both made the most money and scored highest on ethics and sustainability. Products included Artists drawing charcoal, foraged food products, organic t-shirts with local designs, old tins and waste fabric converted into pretty containers, and children’s toys made from recycled wood.