Welcome to the Character Village

This part of the website features all of our fruit to suit gang. The fruit to suit characters have all been designed by children.

Each member of the gang has different interests. Here you can read their stories and access fun activities. Sophisticated Simon will give tuck shop managers lots of help and information about running a business and the other characters will help with information and advice about leading a healthy life.

Keep visiting to see the latest character updates.

Sophisticated Simon

Hi, my name is Sophisticated Simon and I am a business man.

I run a chain of healthy tuck shop businesses and a restaurant.

I started in business by setting up just one healthy tuck shop in my primary school. I loved running my own business and it inspired me to set up more and more.

I now own a chain of healthy tuck shops and a restaurant called 'Sophistication'. I believe my head chef, Colin, is going to share his healthy recipes with you. They are really scrummy so watch out for them!

I love being my own boss. It is hard work and I work long hours but I love it!!

I would like to share my business experience with you to help you make your healthy tuck shop business a huuuuuge success. Click on the links below.

If you have any ideas about how other schools could improve their tuck shops, we would love to hear from you. Email us on through the contact page and we will put your ideas here.

See you soon


Interested in setting up a healthy tuck shop business

Already have a tuck shop business

Ollie Orange

Hi, I am Ollie the Active Orange.

I was based on a design by Emily at Christ Church Primary, Wirral. Thank you Emily, I look great!

I am full of energy and bounce, I tire people out by just watching me! I Love extreme sports like kite boarding and skate boarding.

I love to party! I like dancing and playing musical bumps but I’m not very good at musical statues! He he! My friend Colin is helping me to prepare fun but healthy party food. Have a look at some of Jamie Olivers ideas. I love those homemade lollies!!! Once we have tried and tested our new recipes, I’ll share them with you.

Ollie's Colouring Poster

Penelope Pear

pink birdHi, my name is Penelope Pear. I’m known as Penny to my friends.

green orange butterflyI love to grow fresh fruit and vegetables for Simon’s Restaurant “Sophistication”. In my spare time, I love to watch tennis. I plan my summer holidays so I can watch all of Wimbledon from my garden.

purple butterflyWinter is a very important time to look after the wildlife in your garden. Food can become hard to find, especially if it is covered in ice and snow. Water may freeze and become impossible to drink. Have a look at my information booklet to find out how you can help the wildlife in your garden during winter.

blue birdI like to feed the birds in winter. If you would like to feed the birds in your garden too, have a look at my information booklet to find out what to leave out for them.

ladybirdorange flowerI have made some other information booklets for you to find out more about what to look for in your garden in summer and autumn.

Penny's Colouring Poster

Brad PipHi, I am Brad Pip and I am the teacher of our bunch.

I was created by our designer Neil Rees who also turned all our fantastic competition entries into real characters.

I am passionate about protecting the environment for your future. Come back soon and I will tell you more about my work.

Brad's Colouring Poster

Sophisticated Simon

Fantastic, you are interested in setting up a healthy tuck shop in your school! I would love to help you.

There are two ways you can set up a healthy tuck shop business:

With training:

We can come to your school for an afternoon and train you to set up and run a healthy tuck shop business by yourselves. You will need a team of 7 to 30 children.

You will be voted in to managerial roles such as director, sales manager, finance manager, purchasing manager. We will train you in those roles so you can run the business by yourselves. We will help you to write a business plan to ask permission from your head teacher to run your healthy tuck shop business.

You also have the opportunity to try our tasty snacks and drinks.

There is a charge for the training so you will need to speak to your teacher.

You don’t have to buy fruit to suit’s healthy snacks and drinks: you can find your own.

Without training:

You can set the healthy tuck shop business up by yourselves and still buy fruit to suit’s healthy snacks and drinks.

Are you interested? There are a couple of things you need to do first:

  1. Have a chat with your teacher or head teacher. You might have a healthy eating or enterprise coordinator.
  2. If they think it is something that could work in your school, email or phone us at fruit to suit and we will send you some information and some samples of our snacks.
  3. Ask your representative to visit so you can ask them lots of questions about snacks and drinks, delivery days etc

We look forward to doing business with you!