Pop-up plant shop turns a healthy profit

Published: August 3, 2017

Foundation studies learners at Telford College of Arts and Technology raised more than £500 by staging a pop-up plant sale.

A shop was set up at the college’s Wellington campus as part of a teamworking project for 12 students on construction and land-based studies courses.

Amanda Batten, lecturer in foundation studies, said: “They produced plants from seed to saleable product as a group, to show that they can work successfully as a group and take individual responsibility.

“The students were involved in the planning, production, marketing and sale of the products, giving them valuable experience in both a production and retail setting.”

Photo  of the pop-up sale at the TCAT campus

The pop-up sale at the TCAT campus

Overall, the plant sale raised £384, with items from the shop Рincluding miniature fairy gardens, jewellery, cards, cushions, bird feeders and pots Рadding a further £157.40 Рgiving a total of £541.80.

Amanda added: “All students worked so hard to produce the troughs and baskets for the sale, and we were astonished at the support and feedback we received.

“Students were pleased to have raised so much money and enjoyed working in the shop, talking to customers and delivering the plants to offices and cars. We look forward to producing more hanging baskets and bedding plants next year.”

The foundation studies courses cover vocational areas which allow students to gain experience and knowledge in a range of practical activities. They also cover maths and English, as well as enterprise and employability skills.