In the bid to inspire entrepreneurship and promote enterprise education, we must be clear about the difference between enterprise and profiteering. Society would be forgiven for confusing the two given the existing TV shows and enterprise schemes which exists, as well as the common idea...

I've come across some great pieces of research discussing corporate social responsibility (CSR) in a range of business sizes and types. Businesses' commitment to their sustainability and CSR is has been important for a long time in the corporate world but now it seems more...

We all want the best for our kids. In this fast-paced society, the next generation needs to grow up with the skills and mindset required to be successful, whatever life throws at them. Understanding businesses and how they work is a great starting point so looking for children's books about business is a very wise move. We're often asked if, in simple terms, the Clever Tykes stories are 'business books for kids'. Whilst this description provides a reasonable idea about the series, it ultimately sells the concept rather short. 'Business books for kids' implies quite a clinical approach to teaching children about 'business', which all too often is confused with profiteering. Here at Clever Tykes, we're very conscious that being enterprising is not about learning the mechanics and technicalities of starting a business and turning a profit. Being enterprising relates far more to attitude and characteristics, especially when we're growing up and in no real danger of setting up an actual business.
Enterprise education in not on the primary curriculum in the UK. This is why so many primary schools are choosing to adopt after school enterprise clubs to offer the opportunity for some students to learn important skills. After school clubs are a great way of helping children learn in an environment which is supervised but more relaxed than a formal classroom environment and serve a number of purposes for parents and the school. So why should schools adopt an after school enterprise club?

A beautifully written testimony from one of Clever Tykes' happy customers:   The summer has begun! And by summer, I mean, I have the kids all day every day. As a parent, this happy time is defined by the continual presence of your delightful offspring and it's time...

Clever Tykes believe that everyone, regardless of their upbringing, should grow up with the opportunity to have a career they love. We know that we're not alone. We inspire children to be high-achieving, whatever the career they choose, through the use of positive entrepreneurial role models in storybooks. We know that there are organisations out there would would like to help us. That's why we have developed a CSR programme in Birmingham for local organisations to be involved with.

We are very pleased to announce that Clever Tykes has been featured in Lord Young's report 'Enterprise for All', as a recommendation to primary schools! Clever Tykes features as a case study in the Prime Minister's enterprise advisor's report and we're hoping that schools take...

With the increasing emphasis on enterprise education, particularly at a primary level, some teachers’ ability to deliver this content might be called into question. Some argue that entrepreneurship cannot be taught by someone who has no experience of running a business, but is that unfair? Some teachers have never left the education system. The route through school, university, and a PGCE is familiar, with many teachers embarking on their careers in their early 20s. Furthermore, people in mainstream education grow up around teachers and understand the role of a teacher perhaps better than any other profession.

Say hello to Change-it Cho, the star of the third book in the Clever Tykes series! Cho is a passionate social entrepreneur and makes for a brilliant positive entrepreneurial role model who we're sure you'll love and will inspire your children to achieve great things. What...

We recently went to number 10 Downing Street to talk to Lord Young about enterprise education. Here is some coverage of our visit in HEM Life, a Birmingham newspaper. ...

The original article on entrepreneurial kids was written by Maggie Lord and is featured on entrepreneur.com. It can be found here. Note - the Clever Tykes books are not trying to create an influx of child entrepreneurs. They are simply teaching children to look for opportunities...

Without getting too deep into the politics of developing an effective curriculum and whether or not we should be embracing technology in schools, I'd like to share some thoughts. The rapid development of technology and its uptake by everyone, including children, causes a number of...

Evidence shows that parental self-employment has a positive influence on their offspring's subsequent choice of self-employment as a career. But what about other forms of influence? Is there any evidence for the effect of story bound entrepreneurial role models? Well, yes, there is! We found a...

This week the Tykes team received the three beautiful Island Friends books courtesy of We Are Lucky. Having supported the Island Friends project through their successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, our backer's reward finally arrived at Clever Tykes HQ. We're not going to hide the fact that we love...

Code-it Cody is the second book in the Clever Tykes series which follows the story of computer whizz Cody.

What the blurb says

When the Computer Club competition is announced, Cody and his friends must put their coding skills into action. Cody begins a quest to research current computer games before creating the prototype of his very own.

After months of hard work, the moment of truth arrives. Cody and the other Computer Club members have to pitch their prototypes in front of a panel of teachers! Cody’s friend Hana has produced a game that everyone will really like. Can Cody do better?

We know we need to do more than just 'teach' people entrepreneurship - 'learning' is a very different process, particularly from the creativity and attitude angle. We established this in more detail in this post here. I touched on how we must inspire people to...

This week we received a copy of Enterprising Child to get our teeth into. Written by mother and businesswoman, Lorraine Allman, the book is a resource for parents looking to nurture their children's creativity and enterprising spirit. Naturally, this caught our eye and we thought...

Walk-it Willow is the first books in the Clever Tykes series and she was the first character to inspire children with her story. Willow loves dogs, especially her big, shaggy dog, Stomp.  Stomp is a real handful but Willow has learnt exactly how to handle him....