Pupils put the fizz, sparkle and pop back into business

Drummond High School and Gracemount High School are going head to head in a lemonade sell-off to test their business skills.

The friendly battle 'Citrus Saturday' on Saturday 21 April will see them compete to sell the most amount of their homemade lemonade at two central locations -  the Royal Botanic Garden and Cameron Toll Shopping Centre - enticing customers to make the biggest profits for their team throughout the day.

The event, run by the City of Edinburgh Council, gives pupils a taste of working on a business project and the 'Apprentice' style challenge develops skills of budgeting, negotiating, selling, marketing and developing a product.

Dave Anderson, Director of City Development at the City of Edinburgh Council said: "This is a fantastic and fun way for young people to learn about the realities of business. Not only will they get to test their sales skills on the day, they have also had the chance to develop a product from scratch and gained valuable budgeting and marketing experience along the way. I wish them all the best and hope that as many people as possible are able to support them on Saturday."

Jim Riddell, centre manager at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre said:  "Tens of thousands of shoppers visit Cameron Toll every Saturday so the budding 'Apprentices' from Drummond and Gracemount High Schools will be able to use all the new business skills they've learnt in a big shopping environment.  We're delighted to be hosting them and helping out such a worthwhile educational initiative."

Roben Hera, Public Programmes Manager at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh said: ''We are delighted to host Citrus Saturday event and to support this innovative initiative. It is important to give young people hands on experience and we wish both teams the best of luck.''

The test will be in the taste, and on 28 March the teams experimented with different flavour combinations to come up with what they hope will be the winning formula.

University of Edinburgh students have been on hand to run the workshops and help the pupils with their choices.

Citrus Saturday is part of a European Union funded project to promote Open Innovation with business, academia and the wider community.

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