Video Overview - See a School Tuck Shop in Action
"I am passionate about delivering the business enterprise program in primary schools as I believe the children benefit in so many ways by gaining exposure to the business process. The healthy snacks are a bonus too!"
Lisa Smith - Franchise Owner, Tyne & Wear
fruit to suit has been finalists and winners of a number of awards. It is fantastic for our team to be recognised for all their hard work.
My personal favourite was winning the Social Entrepreneur 'Inspiring Women' in 2010.
Most women I have spoken to agree that when you have children you lose a lot of confidence in your own abilities. I struggled to see myself as a business woman feeling like a 'mum in disguise', thinking one day someone was going to catch me out, 'She's not really a business woman, she's just a mum!"
My sister (and general manager) attended the award ceremony with me and on my winning announcement whispered into my ear "Well, are you a business woman now?"
To be given this award was amazing! The thought that I could inspire other women to set up their own businesses and achieve their own goals is heart warming.
"Thank you so much for all your hard work, the children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. I am extremely pleased with the service you provided and would recommend it to all schools."
Oxton St. Saviours Primary School
fruit to suit is a national, multi-award winning social enterprise company delivering fun and engaging enterprise programs to primary and secondary schools.
Our aims are to:
- Inspire the young entrepreneurs of the future by changing their perceptions of business and business people.
- Develop practical and theoretical business knowledge.
- Develop and apply essential life, employability and entrepreneurial skills.
- Combat obesity and promote healthier lifestyles.
- Develop opportunities for self help.
- Close the gap between those areas experiencing the worst health and life chances and the majority of the popluation.
fruit to suit achieves these aims by:
- Training children to establish and operate a healthy tuck shop business in their school.
- Supplying a wide range of healthy snacks and drinks to the tuck shops.
- Promoting the sales and health benefits of the healthy products to peers and local communities.
- Providing a Character Village Sign Posting Service on our fruit to suit website.
The fruit to suit journey
The idea began to develop for fruit to suit in 2005. I was teaching and the tuck shop in the school where I was teaching had to close down due to government regulations. They were not allowed to sell junk food any more but there were no healthy alternatives.
I began to trial healthy snacks at breaktime in the inner city school I was teaching in. I tried all the traditional dried fruits as well as apricots, dates and prunes. The children were really enthusiastic and tried everything I offered.
I started hand bagging the healthy snacks and selling them at break times. It was so successful there I started selling to another local school and so fruit to suit spread!
I began to see the enjoyment from the children running the tuck shops and how much they gained both personally and academically, so I developed a business and enterprise program to train the children to run the tuck shop independently.
The fruit to suit journey has not been an easy one. The transition from teacher to business woman was tough! I kept thinking I was a mum disguised as a business woman. Somebody soon was going to 'catch me out'!!
That said, it has been an amazing journey and adventure. One which I consider very lucky to have been the driving force behind.
Founder & Chief Executive