Five enterprising business people who earlier this year launched a new challenge to help young people left in limbo after GCSE and A Levels were cancelled have now see the winner attract the attention of TV farmer Adam Henson.
At the start of the pandemic, Five members of the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club, Nigel Chute, Barry Jackson, Allison Murray, Chris Roberts and Fiona Scott, launched The Cotswold Challenge to give students something creative to do and offer them a chance gain a sense of achievement. The Challenge was divided into three categories: Art & Design, Creative Writing and Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking.
Sam Groves (17) from Cirencester was the outright winner in the Innovation category with his design for an ergonomic blue tit nesting box.
TV presenter and farmer, Adam Henson, who was one of the judges for The Cotswold Challenge, said that it was “a really well thought through innovative idea that is well worth recognition and I would definitely buy some.”
True to his word, Adam has since contacted Sam and ordered four bespoke Sparrow Terrace boxes for his Cotswold Farm Park near Guiting Power.
Last week, Sam, who attends Cirencester College, visited Adam Henson’s farm park with his mum, Katy, to deliver the bird boxes to the TV presenter, and Adam them a guided tour of the now famous Cotswold Farm Park and showed Sam the barn where the Sparrow Terraces would be sited.
Adam said: “These look really well designed and I am pleased to support a young, enthusiastic entrepreneur. We have been having problems with sparrows in our public areas, so these boxes are a great solution.”
Despite being dyslexic, Sam is real entrepreneur. He not only makes bird boxes, but he has also had his own business, SG Mowing, since the age of 12. Currently, Sam’s blue tit nesting boxes are stocked at Austin’s Country Store on the Love Lane Industrial Estate, Cirencester, and he has plans to expand when time allows between studying double BTEC Business Studies and A-Level Geography.
After winning the £500 first prize in the Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking category of The Cotswold Challenge in June, Sam said: “Winning The Cotswold Challenge has given me the drive and determination to take my business even further. It has also allowed me to invest more into my business and try making new products for the range.”