Saturday 20th April 2013 saw the return to Edinburgh of Citrus Saturday – this year expanded to 5 venues, including iconic city locations such as Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The event, brought to the Open Innovation Project by partners UCL, and run in Edinburgh by the City of Edinburgh Council, gives pupils a taste of working on a business project and helps develop their budgeting, negotiating, selling and marketing skills, along with the experience of running their own business – a lemonade stand – for the day.
50 pupils from the Forrester High, Gorgie Mills, Gracemount High, Leith Academy and Woodlands took part in the event, ably assisted by representatives of the Princes Trust and student mentors from Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA).
Speaking on the day before the main event, Councilor Frank Ross, Economy Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, commented:
“Citrus Saturday is a great way for young people to learn about the realities of creating a business in a fun way. They’ll be able to put into practice all the skills they have been developing over the past months with the business students from Edinburgh University.
“There will be elements of developing a product from scratch, devising the marketing and budgeting and of course the sales pitches on the day itself. I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and encourage as many people as possible to support them tomorrow.”
By the end of the day, the teams had used over 1,000 lemons, 450 oranges, 32 limes, 56kg of sugar, more than 100 litres of fizzy water, and sold over 950 drinks, generating £1,037.
The teams were competing against each other – with the winner announced at the awards ceremony on the 8th of May.
The OIP project’s Margaret Morrison and Tom Cuthbert – who coordinated this years Edinburgh programme – would like to thank the pupils, schools, volunteers from EUSA and The Prince’s Trust, and members of the public who helped make the day such a great success. A special thanks also goes to Sainsbury’s, Cameron Toll for providing fruit and other ingredients for all the stands this year.
A short film of the event can be found on YouTube. Edinburgh’s 2013 event follows on from Citrus Saturday’s already held this year in Somerset 18-22 March at Chilton Trinity School. Meanwhile London project partners UCL are to hold their event on 6 July.
For more information on the Citrus Saturday programme, go to www.citrussaturday.org, or email Jack Wratten j.wratten [at] ucl.ac.uk