As a Cumbrian schools business campaign aimed at 'making a difference' comes to an end, four Allerdale primary schools have been put up for awards.

Fifty primary schools and their business partners across Cumbria celebrated their achievements after the Bright Stars 2021 campaign came to a "triumphant climax".

Project managed by the Centre for Leadership Performance, Bright Stars set primary school pupils the challenge of setting up their own business with the aim of 'making a difference' rather than making a profit.

With the help of companies and organisations, the young entrepreneurs set up and ran their own social enterprise businesses that dealt with a range of issues from combatting social isolation, to improving the environment, tackling litter and boosting mental wellbeing for pets.

In a virtual celebration of the eight week-long programme, Thursby Primary School in Workington and North Lakes Foodbank picked up an award for best example of teamwork with their litter-picking, food growth and bird feeder project.

Ewanrigg Junior School, Maryport, and Armstrong Watson won best example of leadership with project that aimed to improve the school grounds with an outdoor classroom, music area, sand and water area.

The best business/campaign plan was awarded to Victoria Junior School and NSG after they regenerated a neglected allotment, whilst St Patrick's RC Primary School, Workington and Hospice at Home took the prize for best positive outcome after they convinced Allerdale Council to help them make Vulcan's Park a safer space.

Allerdale MP, Mark Jenkinson keenly followed the progress of the 8-week campaign and assisted the judging panels to decide the winners.

The programme is now in its ninth year.

To find out more about Bright Stars, visit