Boxing clever for family fun…

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…

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.

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 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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  1. Ursula Hunt
    April 23, 2018 / 9:23 am

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

  2. Solange
    April 23, 2018 / 11:50 am

    A cake shop.

  3. jackie cooper
    April 23, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    painting pics on pebbles and stones would be my grandkids choice

  4. Leila Benhamida
    April 23, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    A picture book shop.

  5. Margaret GALLAGHER
    April 23, 2018 / 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 !

  6. Emma C
    April 24, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Probably a tea shop that allows pets

  7. Margaret Clarkson
    April 24, 2018 / 8:49 am

    A book publisher

  8. Angela Treadway
    April 24, 2018 / 9:24 am

    an xbox shop lol x

  9. Laura Pritchard
    April 24, 2018 / 9:12 pm

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

  10. Jo Carroll
    April 25, 2018 / 10:16 am

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

  11. claire glace
    April 25, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Probably a vets knowing her, she loves animals x

  12. Lynne Manton
    April 25, 2018 / 10:40 am

    A garage he loves vehicles

  13. Sarah Mackay
    April 25, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    My daughter would love to start a facepainting business.

  14. Chris Andrews
    April 25, 2018 / 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

  15. Susie Wilkinson
    April 25, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    A horse riding school!

  16. Lisa Wilkinson
    April 25, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    A jewellery shop

  17. April 25, 2018 / 11:08 pm

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

  18. Graham Ross
    April 26, 2018 / 12:32 am

    A cake shop

  19. Kim Neville
    April 28, 2018 / 6:51 am

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

  20. Lorna Ledger
    April 28, 2018 / 1:03 pm

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

  21. sandy
    April 28, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    a spying business lol

  22. Susan B
    April 29, 2018 / 3:17 am

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

  23. claire griffiths
    May 1, 2018 / 11:07 am

    a post office shop

  24. Rich Tyler
    May 1, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    A doctors

  25. jo liddement
    May 1, 2018 / 7:35 pm

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

  26. Lynn Neal
    May 2, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    Princess makeover party business!

  27. Stephanie Keill
    May 3, 2018 / 10:00 am

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

  28. Gary Topley
    May 3, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    A Flower Shop. Thankyou for the competition x

  29. Diana
    May 4, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Ice-cream van 😀

    May 4, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    A sweet shop

  31. Michelle Ferguson
    May 5, 2018 / 6:19 am

    My nephews would definitely be a sweet shop

  32. Sandra Fortune
    May 5, 2018 / 8:19 am

    A Train collectors shop

  33. Leanne perrett
    May 5, 2018 / 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

  34. Kevin Johnson
    May 5, 2018 / 12:16 pm

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

  35. Allan Fullarton
    May 5, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    A stamp collector shop.

  36. claire croft
    May 5, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    A Flamingo farm!!!

  37. paula cheadle
    May 5, 2018 / 3:34 pm

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

  38. Sally Collingwood
    May 5, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    A sweet shop!

  39. Stevie
    May 5, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I think my niece will go into health.

  40. kate Giovine
    May 5, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    Toy matchbox car shop

  41. Jules page
    May 6, 2018 / 6:10 am

    A book shop

  42. Rachael Sexey
    May 6, 2018 / 9:24 am

    My son wants to build Lego

  43. Adrian Bold
    May 6, 2018 / 12:59 pm

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

  44. Kayleigh Watkins
    May 6, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    A horse riding stables if I know my Megan xxx

  45. Theresa Thomas
    May 6, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    Probably a Sports Centre

  46. Tee simpson
    May 6, 2018 / 11:14 pm

    I think a clothes shop

  47. Natalie Crossan
    May 6, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    A doctors office

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