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Boxing clever for family fun…

April 23, 2018

Weekend Box and charity Traidcraft Exchange have teamed up to create a carton of crafty delights for youngsters – ‘The Business Builder Box’.

The package contains everything a child requires to support them to start up their own enterprise and also helps people in developing countries to do the same…and you could win one!

What is a Weekend Box?

This letterbox-sized activity box is posted to the homes of subscribers across the country. Every fortnight, a colourful new box arrives, containing fun and engaging activities that can be enjoyed by children… but, crucially, with support from an adult.

The Weekend Box is designed to encourage quality time between parents and their little ones, something many parents say they struggle to fit in…

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But there’s something special about the latest Weekend Box…

‘The Business Builder Box’ has been developed in collaboration with Traidcraft Exchange and is designed to encourage entrepreneurialism… The limited-edition parcel provides kids with the tools to create artistic masterpieces, as well as a business best practice guide offering advice, tips and instructions on how to turn their art into an enterprise.

And as well as encouraging entrepreneurs, the box, which retails at £9.95, also raises money for charity. £1 from every sale is donated to Traidcraft’s Hidden Entrepreneur Appeal, backing talented people who lack the opportunities to create a business.

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What’s in the Weekend Box?

The Build a Business box gives little ones everything they need to start their own block-printing business from scratch. The box is suitable for ages 8+ and includes:

  • All creative materials needed to make 15+ printed items
  • Business top tips
  • Sales and marketing ideas
  • Fun finance games
  • A sales tracker
  • 31-day Business Builder wallchart
  • And more!

Who is behind Weekend Box?

It is the brainchild of young entrepreneur Andy Stephenson, described as having many of the same qualities as a young Richard Branson… by Richard Branson himself!

The Newcastle-based entrepreneur is a Durham University graduate and came up with the idea while working in the digital sector.

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Andy explains: “It started when I was looking for gifts for nieces and nephews. I trawled the internet, but couldn’t find anything that was the right mix of educational yet fun. So, I came up with the idea of a Weekend Box, made one and gave it to a friend with children to see what they thought. When the feedback was positive, I realised I was onto something.

“Within six months I’d sent out 1,000 boxes, by 18 months 20,000 boxes and now, five years in, we post out around a quarter of a million Weekend Boxes each year.” 

Weekend Box was established in 2013 and offers a membership club designed to provide high-quality activities for parents and children. Each box contains a mix of creative content and fun activities that help parents and children engage together.

How can I find out more?

Visit www.weekendboxclub.com/traidcraft or to watch a short video about the business, check out

Win a Limited Edition Business Builder Weekend Box

We have two Limited Edition Business Builder Weekend Box to giveaway. To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

Limited Edition Business Builder Weekend Box

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  • Ursula Hunt April 23, 2018 at 9:23 am

    She would start a stone collecting business, wherever we go we come back with a stone/pebble of some sort

  • Solange April 23, 2018 at 11:50 am

    A cake shop.

  • jackie cooper April 23, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    painting pics on pebbles and stones would be my grandkids choice

  • Leila Benhamida April 23, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    A picture book shop.

  • Margaret GALLAGHER April 23, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Some sort of rag and bone collectors! Everytime they come home they have something different with them – WOULD be a mini E BAY !

  • Emma C April 24, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Probably a tea shop that allows pets

  • Margaret Clarkson April 24, 2018 at 8:49 am

    A book publisher

  • Angela Treadway April 24, 2018 at 9:24 am

    an xbox shop lol x

  • Laura Pritchard April 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    My son would love to make dinosaur stickers & badges to sell!

  • Jo Carroll April 25, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I think he would be like Frank Butcher and open a little car lot with his Hot Wheels cars 😉

  • claire glace April 25, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Probably a vets knowing her, she loves animals x

  • Lynne Manton April 25, 2018 at 10:40 am

    A garage he loves vehicles

  • Sarah Mackay April 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    My daughter would love to start a facepainting business.

  • Chris Andrews April 25, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Leave me a comment telling me what business you think your child will create
    a very messy one!!! or maybe space travel for all

  • Susie Wilkinson April 25, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    A horse riding school!

  • Lisa Wilkinson April 25, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    A jewellery shop

  • Jessica Powell April 25, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    I’m not sure, but it would have to involve princesses in some way!

  • Graham Ross April 26, 2018 at 12:32 am

    A cake shop

  • Kim Neville April 28, 2018 at 6:51 am

    My son loves gymnastics so would be a gymnastics centre with all the equipment you can dream of

  • Lorna Ledger April 28, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I think an ice cream shop, or cob shop! Lovely ideas!

  • sandy April 28, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    a spying business lol

  • Susan B April 29, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Her first choice would be something to do with beauty but she would enjoy creative businesses too.

  • claire griffiths May 1, 2018 at 11:07 am

    a post office shop

  • Rich Tyler May 1, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    A doctors

  • jo liddement May 1, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    My son would probably like to make and sell things he has made from recycled items.

  • Lynn Neal May 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Princess makeover party business!

  • Stephanie Keill May 3, 2018 at 10:00 am

    My son would probably make a dinosaur or robot shop or an animal farm shop.

  • Gary Topley May 3, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    A Flower Shop. Thankyou for the competition x

  • Diana May 4, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Ice-cream van 😀

  • MANDY DOHERTY May 4, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    A sweet shop

  • Michelle Ferguson May 5, 2018 at 6:19 am

    My nephews would definitely be a sweet shop

  • Sandra Fortune May 5, 2018 at 8:19 am

    A Train collectors shop

  • Leanne perrett May 5, 2018 at 9:25 am

    my little one will do something with you tube in mind he has been bugging us for about a year to let him start a vlog or challange channel

  • Kevin Johnson May 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    My daughter is really loving anything flowery at the moment so I’m guessing it would be a florist.

  • Allan Fullarton May 5, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    A stamp collector shop.

  • claire croft May 5, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    A Flamingo farm!!!

  • paula cheadle May 5, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    a beauty shop, selling all kinds of make-up, hair accessories etc

  • Sally Collingwood May 5, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    A sweet shop!

  • Stevie May 5, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I think my niece will go into health.

  • kate Giovine May 5, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Toy matchbox car shop

  • Jules page May 6, 2018 at 6:10 am

    A book shop

  • Rachael Sexey May 6, 2018 at 9:24 am

    My son wants to build Lego

  • Adrian Bold May 6, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Probably a garage as my son loves cars and vehicles in general.

  • Kayleigh Watkins May 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    A horse riding stables if I know my Megan xxx

  • Theresa Thomas May 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Probably a Sports Centre

  • Tee simpson May 6, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I think a clothes shop

  • Natalie Crossan May 6, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    A doctors office

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