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END OF YEAR BUSINESS AND RESULT

December : Intensive Marketing and Positive Financial Results

End of Year Festivities /Christmas

The Team was in regular meetings with Top Management to ensure targets as defined in the Business Plan are met.

Everyone was busy with renewed efforts so that they can fulfil the challenge of achieving the USD 22,920.

Three different teams were scheduled to market as follows:

-A team was responsible to contact top 100 companies;

-The second team was assigned the 3 and 4 star hotels;

-The third team, restaurants.

Top Management advised each team to put up their contact list and telephone the contact persons;  and out of this list, select the most potential customers and send them quotations. These efforts were multiplied over the weeks, team spirit prevailed all through as team members helped each other, their motto being :

Together

Everybody

Achieves

More

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After days and weeks of joint and collective efforts, the outcome was beyond expectations and as follows:

a)Marketing Outcomes Phase 2

Target Market

Number of companies responding positively to our marketing campaign

The top 100 companies in Mauritius:

3

  • 3 to 5 Stars Hotels:
  • 3 Stars: 2
  • 4 Stars: 2
  • 5 Stars: marketing ongoing

 

4

Renowned Restaurants throughout the island

8

Total as at 12 December

15

 

Top Management and the Team of Interior Design & Decoration Services had a meeting to take cognisance of the results following an aggressive and integrated marketing campaign.

 

Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry, the CEO/President, congratulated the Team for having achieved satisfactorily . He addressed the  Team as follows:

 

First of all I wish to thank you all for the great results achieved in trying to maintain the challenge of our being Global Winner in last year’s School Enterprise Challenge.

 

You did it,and even achieved more than originally put up in the Business Plan.

 

I really appreciate all your work and team efforts.However, in all the works that you are going to do in connection with Chirstmas Decorations, please do not forget to abide by environmental regulations and green building policies as measures to contribute in saving our planet. The components of ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System need also to be taken into consideration. The Quality Assurance Team will monitor and guide you to ensure implementation of same.

 

Congratulations to you all. Of course, a Special Bonus will be allocated to all of you.

 

 

Christmas Decorations

As from the 13th December, Team of Interior Design & Decoration Services started to work on the decoration plans as per the guidance provided by Top Management.

 

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b) Financial Outcomes for New Business generated

  A. Price per Unit B. Quantity Total (A x B)
Income      
a)Hotels USD 133 for each 10 square meters  area of on site services 1000 square meters USD 133 x  100=USD 13,300.
b)Restaurants USD 66 for each 10 square meters area 1000 square meters USD 66 x 100 = USD 6,610.
c) Top Hundred Companies USD 133 for each 10 square meters area 1000 square meters USD 133 x 100=USD 13,300.
Sub Total     USD 33,210.

c)Comparative Analysis of Financial Results

Planned Total Achieved As at 12 December Excess over Planned
USD 22,920 USD 33,810

(USD 33,210 + USD 600)

 

USD 10,890.

 

Financial Results

 

  A. Price per Unit B. Quantity Total (A x B)
Income      
a)Hotels USD 133 for each 10 square meters  area of on site services 1000 square meters USD 133 x  100=USD 13,300.
b)Restaurants USD 66 for each 10 square meters area 1000 square meters USD 66 x 100 = USD 6,610.
c) Top Hundred Companies USD 133 for each 10 square meters area 1000 square meters USD 133 x 100=USD 13,300.
d) Households USD 50 for each 10 square metres area    USD 600.
Total Income     USD 33,810.
Expenditure:      
-Administrative

Expenses

-Marketing

-Vehicles and Transport

USD 1000

USD 1500

USD 1500

For the whole project USD 1000

USD 1500

USD 1500

Decorations USD 10000 For the wholeproject USD 10000
Expenditure: Maintenance      
Additional Tools & Equipment USD 2000   USD 2000
Team Expenses      
Motivational fees payable to Team     USD 5,000.
Total Expenditure     USD 21,000.
Net Profit     USD 12,810.

 

 

Notes to Financial Results:

a)      There has been no need to organise a Youth Talents Show given the business generated; companies were requested to make a deposit of 30% which would cover the expenses.The administrative expenses were provided by JR School, the amount of which we refunded to the School.

b)      The proposed net profits in the Business Plan were USD 7,835, the actual is USD 12,810.

c)      60% of the net profits will be ploughed back in the business for sustainability while 40% will be used to support our students purchase their school materials and uniforms for January start of classes. Thirty (30) needy students have already been identified

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

JR School and the Team of Interior Design & Decoration Services extend their heartiest congratulations to the Team of Teach a Man to Fish / School Enterprise Challenge for all their support in helping us put up our project successfully through the innumerable documentation guidelines.

We take this opportunity to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013, ALL THE BEST IN YOUR ENDEAVOURS.

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CHEERS FROM JR SCHOOL TEAM , MAURITIUS!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Aggressive Marketing Strategies to meet Business Plan Objectives

1st Fortnight of November: Aggressive Marketing Strategies to meet Financial Objectives

As mentioned in our October blog, the USD 400 available has been invested in publicity and advertising.

The beginning of month members decided to adopt aggressive marketing strategies which will help sustain their business while making profits.

Opportunities – End of Year Festivities and Re Focusing of Target Market

With Christmas and New Year approaching, it was imperative that businesses will particularly need interior design and decoration services as is customary in Mauritius, and of course, other countries, during this festive period.

The team deemed it more appropriate to focus on corporate business rather than households.

Team members were very confident about getting more customers as per their integrated marketing efforts; and meet their financial objective of USD 18,400 out of USD 22,920.Some members even painted and redesigned one JR School classroom for Top Management to have an idea of the type of interior design they are proposing to potential clients:

 

Marketing

All was deeply concerned and committed to look for more business; during this first fortnight, members put up a database of most eligible companies which might need interior design and decorative services. The most appropriate were:

-The top Hundred companies in Mauritius;

-3 to 5 Stars Hotels

-Renowned Restaurants throughout the island

The list was selected on a geographical basis cutting across the island, particularly the resort zones ,restaurants and companies in Port Louis the capital city, and Ebene  Cybercity, situated in the centre of the island. So that’s it. Dedicated teams were assigned their respective regions: draw a list of most eligible companies, get the contact persons and their e-mail addresses, put up professional mail proposals and fees charged, then telephone them as a matter of follow up.

 

2nd Fortnight of November : Outcomes and New Business

E-mail marketing and follow phone calls were done throughout the fortnight and this continued during the third week of November. Team was determined to get new business ; the aggressive approach was thus needed to be deployed in such a way as to motivate members to continue until positive and satisfactory results / outcomes are achieved.

Services will be customised to offer Christmas and End of Year decorations, which is a very big opportunity for us. Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry and all his Top Management Team heartily provided us with support, telephone facilities, even some mail addresses of JR School’s contacts and network. Dr Jhurry even personally talked with his long years contact persons together with Ms Aruna Chengelvoyen-Registrar and Mr Teerouven Guillaume, General Manager.

 

Given our restricted financial means, marketing tools used were:

-E mail campaigns

-Direct phone calls

-Face to face meetings

-Printed flyers

Our integrated marketing approach and efforts were fruitful; the following shows the outcome following our aggressive marketing campaign to offer our interior design and decoration services to targeted market segments:

Marketing Outcomes

Target Market Number of companies responding positively to our marketing campaign Number of companies having confirmed
The top 100 companies in Mauritius; 2 Not yet
3 to 5 Stars Hotels:

  • 3 Stars: 2
  • 4 Stars: 2
  • 5 Stars: marketing ongoing
 4  

  • 3 Stars: 1
  • 4 Stars: 1

 

Renowned Restaurants throughout the island 5 2
Total as at 28 November 11 4

 

We are very happy with our work, in that we have been able to penetrate the target markets as above. There are many professionals on the market with high competition, and we still have managed to get confirmations.

Thanks to Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry and his Team and to all members of the INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECOATION SERVICES. Marketing continues;we want to achieve more than originally scheduled in our Business Plan.

The Challenge remains!

 

Reward, Marketing and sales strategies

1st Fortnight of October : Management Meeting, Reward and Planning

The Management Team comprising Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry,Head of Project, Mr Teerouven Guillaume-General Manager Logistics and Operations, Ms Aruna Chengelvoyen, Registar , Mr Amit Namah,Quality Assurance Manager as well as the Head of IT and members of the Interior Design & Decoration

Services met during the week . The agenda was:

-Overview of the achievements till now;

-the strengths and weakness of the team;

-Forthcoming Planning and Projects;

-A.O.B

Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry, President Founder / CEO showed his commitment by chairing the meeting, all members very appreciated that he could dedicate some time despite heavy schedules with overseas partners visiting JR School.

 

Dr Jhurry took cognisance of the work in progress till now, the breakthrough contract with the organisation of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in September.

Revenue : USD 600                Expenditure: USD 200                       Profit: USD 400

Remuneneration Package: Dr Jhurry and the Management Team discussed on a remuneration package to the Team of Interior Design & Decoration Services. They expressed satisfaction at the work of the Team and provided a group incentive reward of USD 150 to them; Mr Teerouven Guillaume said the more will be the revenue generated, the more will be the reward.

The Team was very happy of the amount which they shared among themselves.

However, though the team was very motivated to work, members still need to be more disciplined,punctual with more team spirit,Dr Jhurry remarked. They need to work according to entrepreneurship principles of leadership and commitment to be able to sustain business. Dr Jhurry thus advised Team to improve on the team’s weaknesses while betting on their strengths.

With the end of year fast approaching, sales need to improve according to Business Plan. The focus was therefore on consolidating marketing efforts. The Management Team therefore asked all members of the JR School Entrepreneurs Café to be more aggressive and prepare accordingly.

New contracts announced

The supervisors announced that they were able to obtain two new contracts as follows:

a)      200 square metres of decoration at a major four star hotel: USD 133 x 20 = USD 2,660

b)      200 square metres of decoration at an indian restaurant: USD 66 x 20 = USD 1,320.

Both Totalled USD 3,980, adding up to USD 600 for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, this makes USD 4,520.

The Management Team insisted on the fact that sales should imperatively increase during this  period so as to be in line with the Business Plan as follows:

A. Price per Unit B. Quantity Total (A x B)
Income
a)Hotels USD 133 for each 10 square meters  area of on site services 1000 square meters USD 133 x 100=USD 13,300.
b)Restaurants USD 66 for each 10 square meters area 700 square meters USD 66 x 70 = USD 4,620.
c) Households USD 50 for each 10 square meters area 1000 square meters USD 50 x 100=USD 5,000.
Total Income USD 22,920.

So, according to the Plan, there is need to work in view of obtain new business of USD 18,400.

2nd Fortnight of October : Sales and Marketing Strategies

The Three groups  involved in operations met to discuss Sales and Marketing strategies:

-A team of 3 supervisors who will be responsible for the overseeing and effective implementation of works and services within time frame specified and according to planning;

-Two teams working on sites with 8-10 students in each team including designers,students of landscaping, interior designs and interior scaping;

-One Team of 2 Quality Assurance Coordinators.

All members discussed lengthily on the strategies to be adopted to reach their financial targets as specified in Business Plan.

Impact of Economic Recession: The arrival of tourists in Mauritius has been quite slow compared to the same period last year. Hotels and restaurants are still competing against each others with heavy advertising to entice local customers. But at the same time, one supervisor mentioned that with the end of year festivities, most particularly Christmas and New Year, hotels, restaurants and households will definitely need interior design and decoration services.

New Strategy and Advertising Budget For End of Year Festivities: The strategy, therefore, was to be more aggressive; teams need to work on their marketing campaigns taking these into consideration. Because this is the period where business will work up marvellously.

There is need to review certain marketing strategies: adopt e-marketing strategies, follow up, take appointments, try to reach the households through advertising.

With the USD 400 available, team will invest in publicity and advertising.

The Team was very confident about getting more customers as per their integrated marketing efforts; and meet their financial objective of USD 18,400.

 

Marketing and Promotion

25th August – 1st September 2012

The Team of the INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES have been very busy preparing and finalising the marketing plan with the support of the Project Coordinator. Previously elements of products, pricing and marketing were already dealt with. However, members have to look at all these in a holistic approach. They all worked in-depth on the following aspects of the marketing plan so as to get all things set right;

-Purpose and Mission of INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES

-Situational Analysis

-Marketing Strategy and Objectives

-Financial Strategy

-Tactical Marketing (Target Market, Products, Pricing, Services)

-Budgeting, Performance Measures and Implementation

3rd – 8th September 2012

Some Members of the Team worked on the most practical ways they will be announcing the services of INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES to access the target markets directly-

a) A portfolio of past works carried out in hotels where members were posted for their internship was set up with pictures as a means of impressive potential customers as already identified. Members also sought letters of appreciation from these organisations to be associated with the portfolio of photos.

b)      Members identified furniture stores, home decoration materials supplier stores and other retail stores in the area. They negotiated with their owners to display and affix the flyers/promotional materials at prominent places of these stores. In return, members agreed to also promote the stores and buy decorating materials from them.

c)      Get the support of the President Founder Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry to tie up with the builders which are already working in collaboration with JR School for training purposes.This could prove to be a very good strategy as INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES will definitely gain from their experience, know how and established network. Meetings were held with Dr Jhurry who put the members into contact with these professionals.He even provided us with recommendation letters to ease our initatives

Our efforts were fruitful. They graciously agreed to support. So our first attempt with them was to ask for a complete database of their customers, which could eventually use our use our services.

10th – 15th September 2012

During this week, our focus was mainly on promoting our services to these companies and individuals. The team worked hard on sending personalised mails and attachments of our services portfolios, photos and other flyers designed for that purpose.

Since we had limited finance, this e-marketing strategy was privileged in the first instant. Eventually afterwards we will be using newspapers, radios as spelled out in our business plan.

We forwarded personalised emails to 32 companies including 10 hotels, 12 restaurants and 10 individuals. Quotations will be done according to square metres as follows and as already mentioned in our August blog:

-          Hotels: Rs 4,000 or USD 135 per square metre

-          Restaurants: Rs 2,000 or USD 65 per square metre

-          Households/ Residentials : Rs 1,500 or USD 50 per square metre

16th – 27th September 2012

We called them to enquire whether they received our proposals and received positive feedback; at the same time we asked for appointments. We also talked about our services to staff and trainers of JR School.

Our Religious Breakthrough – A Special Package

It’s unbelievable how we got our first work. One of the trainers at JR School was going to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival celebrated with great devotion across India and Mauritius. People bring home statues of Lord Ganesha, the Indian deity, and celebrate the festival by worshipping Him in a special way through prayers for 7 days. They also fast for around 10 days.

On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colourful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally at a beach. This is one of the most popular festivals in Mauritius. Lord Ganesh is a popular God and His blessings are invoked a t most religious ceremonies as He is believed to be the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities.

The trainer called us and asked whether we could undertake the tasks of decorating his house since he was celebrating this festival in a grand way, with relatives , neighbours and other people coming every night at his place for prayers.

We quote him a special price of USD 600 for all works and interior decorations undertaken during this one week. He was very happy with this deal. We discussed with him specific requirements, put up a buying list, went to various stores where we were promoting our services and got the materials.

The works we did were well appreciated, our supervisors went there for one hour everyday for quality control. All was done according to his and his family’s requirements and they all celebrated the festival in the way they wished.

We all went with the procession for the immersion at one of the most beautiful public beaches situated in the western coast of Mauritius, Flic en Flac.

This is how we received our first professional assignment and the trainer and family were extremely happy with our value addition services we provided that they gave us some more allowances.

We all were deeply satisfied with our performances as we reported to the Management Committee of JR School which is supporting our project; and particularly through providing their school vehicles for transportation and purchase of materials.

We are very optimistic about obtaining new contracts and assignments.

Our work continues.

August Planning of operations

 25th – 31st July 2012

Now that decision has been taken to set up the INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES, Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry and the Team met to decide on the products and services to be included.

-The Operational Planning & Human Resources: Three distinct groups will be involved in operations:

-A team of 3 supervisors who will be responsible for the overseeing and effective implementation of works and services within time frame specified and according to planning;

-Two teams working on sites with 8-10 students in each team including designers, students of landscaping, interior designs and interior scaping;

-One Team of 2 Quality Assurance Coordinators.

The Management Team comprising Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry, Head of Project, Mr Teerouven Guillaume-General Manager Logistics and Operations, Ms Aruna Chengelvoyen, Registar, Mr Amit Namah, Quality Assurance Manager as well as the Head of IT will be responsible for the project management from start to finish.

Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry emphasised that the whole Team will work according to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and 4Rs: Reduction, Reuse, Recycling and Recovery

-The Products and Services: These will be used for marketing purposes. The following 3 distinct lines of products and services were thus being proposed following Brainstorming sessions and according to our facilities and logistics available:

 

1)      Hotels & Restaurants Landscaping: External appearance and imaging, including designs, installation and maintenance services;

2)      Residential Landscaping : Design of front yard, back yard, and road front landscape

3)      Interior Scaping: Plants and Flowers decoration for both commercial and residential purposes.

1st – 14th August 2012

Marketing and Promotion

Members of the Management Team were busy preparing the marketing and promotional materials as per the services and products line decided upon. Marketing will be done essentially through email proposals, presentations at hotels, associations to target companies, hotels and other commercials.

Newspapers and radio interventions will be used to target households. While we might pay for newspapers, on local radios we have dedicated programs on household tips and decorations where we can participate and address to the audience of households. For this, we need to contact the local radios, meet and negotiate with them for us to gain air time to promote our products and services.

Pricing

However, the pricing of the services and products are of prime importance. Our research showed that potential clients were looking for more competitive prices than the market rates, which are usually quite high.

Upon discussions, and as per our previous experiences of working in 5 Star Hotels during vacations, whereby hotels provided their own materials, we decided to go within this same line. That is to be able to offer lower rates than market price and to be able to sustain competition, we have to ask both commercial and residential customers to work according to a win-win formula:

They buy the materials as per list provided by ourselves and they pay us only for the service fees.

Quotations will be done according to square metres as follows:

-          Hotels: Rs 4,000 or USD 135 per square metre

-          Restaurants: Rs 2,000 or USD 65 per square metre

-          Households/ Residentials : Rs 1,500 or USD 50 per square metre

So, eventually, all marketing and promotional materials must be put up according to the above data.

16th – 24th August 2012

Training: The Management Team gathered all Members of the Operational Team for 3 Days awareness/training session on:

a) Entrepreneurship: Personality development, Skills and Competencies needed

b) Selling, Presentation and Negotiating Skills

c) Financial Skills

d) Marketing and Communication Skills

Members of 2011 JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café and Global Winner of the School Enterprise Challenge also gave a big helping hand during the Training.

The Management Team provided information on the pricing strategy, the marketing strategy, the target audience and follow up actions.

After these explanatory sessions, members were fully motivated to start working on operations to kick start the INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES and to promote it as one of the reliable suppliers in its category.

INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES

08th – 13th July : Meeting and Brainstorming Session

Background

After enjoying our big success as Global Winner in the School Enterprise Challenge 2011, Jhurry Rya (JR) School Mauritius is back again 2012 with a new project for the 2012 competition.

Being Global Winner 2011 has added to the prestige and popularity of JR School; we have received the congratulations of one and all and our international partners have been impressed and overwhelmed by this world class performance! Thanks to the good team work of the ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ via the ‘School Enterprise Challenge’.

Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry, the CEO, gathered his team with agenda the participation in the 2012 competition. First he provided information about Teach a Man to Fish, its objectives and those of the School Enterprise Challenge 2012.

On a question put forward by Dr Jhurry, everyone answered positively that they know very well Teach a Man to Fish, the School being now used to participating in the various competitions.

The concept of Entrepreneurship was thoroughly explained to members. Members of the Team of JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café were also present to share their experiences of participating in 2011. All of them were very excited in providing motivation and supporting the new team, more so since they won the GLOBAL WINNER and are considered as the GOLDEN TEAM of JR School.

Dr Jhurry explained to the team the importance of participating again as students will have an opportunity to work on a world class project and at the same time put their knowledge, skills and competencies into practice. This, he explained further, could be very useful for their CVs and above all, their future.

Team members were provided with copies of ‘Students Handouts’ whereby they could read further in terms of getting more information about the ‘School Enterprise Challenge 2012’.

Choice of Project

Given last year’s great success as Global Winner, the team was even more motivated to have an altogether new experience with a new project. Dr Jhurry thus brainstormed about what could possibly be the title of the project the team will be working on.

JR School having several academies, the following ideas came up:

a)      Beauty Care & Hairdressing

b)      Architectural Design Services

c)       Interior Design & Decoration Services

d)      Sports & Fitness Activities

After thorough discussions, members of the Team finalised on ‘ INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES’. This choice was motivated mostly by the fact that there is a growth in the demand of such services with the construction of new buildings, integrated resort schemes, villas, apartments etc.

JR School has a good market share in the training of professionals in this field, so very well known and most eligible to offer these services. The decision was therefore taken to conduct a research to assess feasibility of introducing  JR SCHOOL INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES.

Prior to that, the Team was set up comprising of Head , students of the Department of Construction & Architecture & Interior Design,, and Trainers.

15th-20th July : Research Work

Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry, Head of this Department asked team members to carry a research and field study with stakeholders such as the construction sector, the interior decoration service providers, the owners of property development companies, the financial institutions providing housing loans etc.

Team members worked over one week to personally call the above target audience and asked about the possibility of JR School introducing professional services within this segment of the construction industry.

24th  July : Research Outcome and Second Meeting

Dr Jhurry, Head of Project , organised a meeting was organised on 24th July to take cognisance of the research findings.

This possibility of having an additional service provider in this field was very well received as feedback received indicated:

a)      JR School being in this training sector for several decades now, it could eventually put up a Team of professionals to offer services in the Interior Design and Decoration;

b)      Qualified and new blood most welcome;

c)       The construction sector is growing with different types and categories of construction across the country, so the need for similar professional services are highly needed and

d)      JR School’s decades of good work relations with the Construction Sector will greatly help in opening up marketing.

Jhurry Rya (JR ) School Mauritius is now on for its continuous journey on the prestigious international  School Enterprise Challenge organised by  Teach A Man to Fish.

Of course, the new formed Team of JR SCHOOL INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES aim at being the GLOBAL WINNER 2012.

JR SCHOOL INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATION SERVICES will include services such as Curtaining, accessories, interiors scaping , flower and floral arrangements.

Their biggest motivation is the possibility of being able to earn some revenue to support their parents in educational expenses.

A Business Plan is currently being finalised for effective implementation of the 2012 project.

 

 

December Blog

1st – 4th December 2011 : Management Meeting/Preparation for End of Year Festivities

Divali festival is now over, we have been actively preparing for End of Year Festivities. The reward provided to all team members has greatly encouraged us to continue with even greater motivation.

The Management Team met under the supervision of Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry, CEO Founder of JR School who  congratulated the whole team for successful participation in the Enterprise School Challenge organised by Teach A Man To Fish; this has brought the JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café to be among the most dynamic  participants as well as reap rewards such as Winner of July blog, Winner of the Photo Competition, Special Mention for its November detailed blog………Everybody was very happy as despite slight difficulties which were rapidly overcome  at the very beginning the Young Entrepreneurs Café has been such a big success.

NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: JR School’s End of Year Dinner Party & Christmas Celebrations

Dr Jhurry said the last big challenge for this year was to prepare for end of year festivities; Team Members had to be ready for Christmas and End of Year Party. He further announced that Young Entrepreneurs Café has been given the responsibility of organising this year’s JR School end of year dinner party which groups its stakeholders: shareholders, ,management team, partners, trainers, part time consultants, Directors of Mauritius Qualifications Authority, Tertiary Education Commission, Registrar of Association, press members etc

So he requested all team leaders and members of the different sub teams to again give their maximum level best in view of meeting the forthcoming challenges. He promised similar rewards as the previous month with Divali.

Dr Jhurry reminded the Team that the spirit of the project was always to be kept in mind :

’ From Land to Kitchen, From Kitchen to Cooker, From Cooker to Café, From Café to Table’.

JR School and the JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café are scheduled to be on school holidays on 16 December , so all activities needed to be completed by then.

The New Challenges

As discussed in Management Meeting, the new challenges resumed as follows, cater for:

-          Saturday 10 December: 100 guests for JR School’s end of year dinner party

-          Wednesday 14 December: 60 persons for  a women’s association end of year lunch, Athena Women Entrepreneurs Network

The Cycle of Continual  Improvement: Plan-Do-Check-Act

The CEO  Founder asked all Team Leaders to strictly go according to the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle of continual  improvement to track all areas for improvements at the level of their respective teams and to bring fast and quick corrective or preventive actions as and whenever required.

05th  – 08th  December 2011 : Fresh Vegetables for Success , December Events , Marketing & Students Parties

The Garden Team has been putting more effort s so that vegetables could be readily available on time. And their efforts have not gone vain as the Young Entrepreneurs Café will be able to have their quota of vegetables needed for festivities. If its not for the Garden Team and its supply of vegetables, all food selling will not be made possible as then we would not need to buy from outside and loose on margin of profits.

During this period, the following teams worked very hard in the planning of the forthcoming major events of 10th and 14th December 2011:

-The Management Team

-Kitchen Operations Team

-Garden Operations Team

-Sales Team in the Café

 

On top of that with the festivities, our marketing continued with groups of students who were planning to organise lunches and get together. Now that our Young Entrepreneurs Café has won a good reputation, it was not difficult for us to get the orders from them.

The different Teams were requested to work as per the same conditions as those of the Divali festival, namely that they would be required to work late and be present everyday except emergency.

10th December 2011 : JR School’s End of Year Party.

It is with this spirit that preparations for the Party started; it is to be admitted that with100 persons to be fed at one go, stress and tension were definitely there; first time the Café received such a big order and with so many important and VIP guests!!!!

As they are used now, each and every team leader gathered their respective teams for brief standing meetings, with checklist of tasks and responsibilities in hand. All ingredients and related kitchen cooking resources needed were already purchased from the groceries according to the budget allocated.

The menu comprising of noodles, fried rice, snacks, sweets was set by the Kitchen Team Leader and approved by the Management Team. No vegetables will be bought as all would be supplied by the Garden Team.

All members of the Young Entrepreneurs Café worked full fledge on the eve and on the day of the event, that is 10th December 2011. They had to meet this huge challenge. As they had received training and coaching, now they also have some great experience and can definitely ACHIEVE!

By 5.30 p.m everything was ready. Guests started to arrive at 6.30 p.m.

All was on duty , waiting to meet the greatest challenge of their participation to the School Enterprise Challenge……The Party started, service was done in such a way that all guests were very happy and highly satisfied.

In his speech, Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry, informed guests of the participation of JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café in the Teach A Man to Fish competition and to support and encourage the endeavours of the Team, who up to now, has provided brilliant results.

At the end of the Party, guests were overwhelmed and gave a big round of applause to the Team ; they were happy on hearing that whatever vegetables were included in the menu that evening, all was supplied by the Garden Team. The fact that they were eating fresh made them even happy. NO REFRIGERATED , ONLY FRESH VEGETABLES.

13 – 14 December 2011: The Last Challenge for Year 2011

As planned, the next and last challenge for 2011 was the end of year lunch organised by the Athena Women Entrepreneurs Network.

The Young Entrepreneurs Café Team is now very well tuned to the organisation of catering services. Over the months and with different activities organised they have gained lots of experience and practice. All Four Teams gave their best for this last event of the year prior to school holidays.

Once again fresh vegetables as cultivated by the Garden Team was on menu, a very healthy one. Most preparations were completed on the 13 December and on 14 December the JR School Young Entrepreneurs was all present to prepare and serve the foods. The main menu was served with plenty of vegetables and salads.

Congratulations & Supply of Catering Services by JR School Young Entrepreneurs Cafe

Once again the Team received the congratulations of women for the tasty preparations of fried rice, noodles and some desserts. They also commended the laudable efforts undertaken during this School Enterprise Challenge and informed that henceforth, all their catering services will henceforth be effected by the Team of the JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café!!!!!!Wow…..great news to end this year and the School Challenge on a wonderful note !!!

End of School Enterprise Challenge,  Sustainability of Young Entrepreneurs Cafe

As usual for review meetings , on 16 December all members of the JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café had a special meeting with the Management, chaired by Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry.

With confirmed orders for the activities and events of the Athena Women Entrepreneurs Network for 2012, The Team is fully determined of the sustainability of the project they undertook some months back. It will definitely continue with its marketing quest to sustain and improve its market share.

 Dr Jhurry made a review of all activities undertaken since the very start of the project and personally congratulated each member of the Team for their wonderful and above expectations outcome and financial results. The JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café is now a flourishing business thanks to the support of JR School and its network and the Team of the School Enterprise Challenge for their invaluable tips and advices all through the project.

Financial Results & Reward

Dr Jhurry took cognisance of the Profit & Loss Account as at 16 December 2011 and together with the Management Team, decided to remunerate and reward the whole team with a total of Rs 30,000 to be shared among the 20 members instead of the budgeted Rs 25,000.  Of course the amount of Rs 46,940 will be brought forward to the account of JR School Young Entrepreneur Café as starting income as at 1st January 2012.

Everybody was happy and thanked Dr Jhurry and the Management Team for their commitment towards improving the entrepreneurial spirits of students through the School Enterprise Challenge. The project has been even more successful than originally planned as per the Business Plan and the Narrative Report.

On this happy end note, Dr Jhurry wished them a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year 2012.  Everybody raised their glasses and cheered up for the forthcoming 2012 challenges of the JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café!!!!!!

Hereunder the final financial outcome:

Profit & Loss Account as at 16 December 2011

  A. Price per Unit B. Qty C.Total As at 25.11.11(A x B) D.Proposed Total as at 16.12.11 E.Actual From 26.11.11 to 16.12.11 F. Grand Total as at 16.12.11(C + E)
Income            
Salted snacks including sandwiches Rs 15. 1625. Rs 24,375. 27,375  Rs 15 x 175 = Rs 2,625. 27,000.
Salted Indian snacks sold pre-Divali festival(where many customers eat veg foods) Rs 12. 650. Rs 7,800. 7,800. Was meant only for Divali    7,800.
Sweet snacks & deserts Rs 17. 1150. Rs 17,000. 5,100. Rs 17 x 312 = Rs 5,304     22,304.
Sweet Indian snacks – Special Divali Festival Rs 11. 2011. Rs 22,121. 22,121. Was meant only for Divali     22,121.
Fried noodles with fresh vegetables Rs 80. 472 RS 37,760. 53,760. Rs 80 x 238 = Rs 19,040.    56,800.
Fried rice with fresh vegetables Rs 80. 443 Rs 35,440. 49,440. Rs 80 x 212 = Rs 16960   52,400.
Eco friendly Take Aways Rs 10. 589 Rs  5,890. 7,890. Rs 10 x 125 = Rs 1,250.     7,140.
Total Income for the period     RS 147,386. RS 173,486.   Rs 195,565.
Expenditure: Infrastructure            
Other ingredients  & Spices Rs 80 / kg 300. Rs 24,000. 30,400. Rs 80 / kg x 100 = Rs 8,000 Rs 32,000.
Rental  of plates, glasses, other glassware and cutlery + Transport services for two functions           Rs  20,000.
Noodles Rs 25 / kg 385. Rs 9,625. 11,875. Rs 25 / kg x 100 =Rs 2,500.  Rs  12,125.
Rice Rs 1200 / 100 kgs 3.5 x 100 kgs Rs  3,500. Rs 4,700. Rs 1200 / 100 kgs = Rs12,000. Rs 15,500.
Special ingredients for Divali festival (including sugar, wheat & flour, powdered milk, ghee, oil, sweet potatoes, potatoes, dholl, self raising powder, food colouring, divali eco-friendly bags/take aways, etc)     Rs  15,000. Rs 15,000.   Rs 15,000.
Telephone /MobileBills     Rs 3,800. Rs 5,800. Rs 2,000. Rs 5,800.
Contributions to electricity and water     Rs 7,000 Rs 10,500. Rs 3,500. Rs 10,500.
Expenditure: Maintenance            
Kitchen Equipment     Rs 4,000. Rs 6,000. Rs 3,700. Rs  7,700.
Total Expenditure     Rs 66,925. Rs 84,275.   Rs 118,625.
Gross Profits     Rs 80,461. Rs 89,211.   Rs 76,940.
Deduct: Performance & Motivational Bonus     Rs 35,000. Rs 60,000. Rs 25,000 Rs  30,000.
Net Profits for period       Rs 29,211.   Rs 46,940.

 

 

Concluding Notes

 

The philosophy of the project :

 

 ’ From Land to Kitchen, From Kitchen to Cooker, From Cooker to Café, From Café to Table’

is now more than a reality thanks to the School Enterprise Challenge

organized by Teach A Man to Fish;

 

 it is now a successful and sustainable business for the whole Team of JR School Young Entrepreneurs Cafe  who has dared to venture

into this innovative entrepreneurial adventure.

 

A Dream come true for Dr Rajcoomar Jhurry, CEO Founder of JR School who has initiated this philosophy for the JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café .

 

A MATTER OF NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL PRIDE FOR

JR SCHOOL MAURITIUS.

 

MERRY XMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

JR School Mauritius and Members of the JR School Young Entrepreneurs Café take this opportunity to heartily thank the Team of the Teach a Man to Fish / School Enterprise Challenge for putting up such brilliant entrepreneurial project for students and take this opportunity to wish you ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOURS!

THANK YOU, WE ALL RAISE A SPECIAL TOAST TO YOU……..CHEERS, JINGLE BELLS, MERRY XMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE WHOLE FAMILY OF TEACH A MAN TO FISH / SCHOOL ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE………

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