A drive to nurture future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders has now been tapping into the energy and talent of young people for more than a decade.

Since its launch in 2004 the LionHeart Challenge has engaged with almost 400,000 school pupils in nine regions of the UK, including the Liverpool city region.

A totally inclusive project, LionHeart sees a whole year group of pupils take part in a day-long ‘high-energy’ workshop where they develop a comprehensive business concept.



They are broken down into groups of 10 and, under the guidance of a business mentor, they identify the skills and talents of each team member and the needs of their target customer group.

This gives them the basis to formulate both financial and marketing strategies that will enable them to bring their chosen product to market.

Once their master plan is ready they formally present it to an audience which includes their peers, senior school staff, business experts and a panel of industry judges.

Aimed at helping to inspire new generations of business leaders, responsible citizens and enterprising employees, the programme has been nationally acclaimed.

In delivers on the recommendations of schools inspection agency Ofsted that schools should illustrate how the National Curriculum applies to business and the workplace.

It develops young peoples’ skills in financial education, numeracy, literacy and creative entrepreneurial thinking while nurturing them in a range of employability and life skills.

Liverpool law firm MSB Solicitors is an enthusiastic supporter of the LionHeart Challenge and sponsored this year’s Liverpool challenge at Calderstones High School in Allerton.

Head of family at MSB, Emma Carey attended Calderstones High School and was especially keen to lend her support to the day. She said:
“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to go back and visit my own high school and see how they’re doing things differently now. Access to education in enterprise and entrepreneurship simply wasn’t something we had.

“Training and development makes good business sense because you end up with a highly-motivated team of people who feel their skills and input are valued and our high rates of staff retention reflect that.

“I am keen to get more of the team here at MSB involved with the programme in the future as judges and mentors. Not only so the young people can learn from our collective experience, but also so that we in turn can be influenced by their passion and energy. It really was a very heartening experience.”



Managing partner at MSB Paul Bibby added: “At MSB, we have established a strong track record of developing and nurturing people to excel in our business.

“The opportunity to harness that experience to positively influence pathways for young people in our city was fantastic and the day itself incredibly rewarding.

“As managing director of a law firm that actively encourages alternative pathways into professional careers and have supported many young people into long-term roles, the partnership with LionHeart seemed like a natural one.

“If we can inspire a generation of young people and equip them with the skills and the emotional intelligence required in the modern workplace then everyone wins.”
“Backing the LionHeart Challenge was a no-brainer for us, as it should be for businesses everywhere.”