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Part 6

The perfect symbiosis

Last blog we discussed the dilemma we were in with September fast approaching (If you wish to see our last blog, head to the 'Our story' tab on our website). We touched on the pact the three of us made, whereby Greenwoods Grocers would enhance our education not impede it.

In this blog, we want to delve deeper into this topic. As brothers, we have all always expressed an interest in entrepreneurship and it is one of our strongest binding principles. As such, it will come as no surprise that our educational choices reflect this interest, with Alex studying economics at university, Ali studying business management, and Jack also selecting economics for A-Level.

We knew starting any business would be a steep learning curve, what we didn't anticipate was the diversity of our education. Running a small business alongside our studies allowed us to directly apply what we were learning straight to our business. It's fair to say this has led to some funny situations...

But sir, are you sure that's the case...?

One of the funniest stories, alongside being known as the 'The Veg Boys' (not quite the boy band name you dreamed of as a kid 😂), took place shortly after jack started 6th form. By chance, in one of his very first economics lessons, Jack's teacher started to use the price of strawberries increasing around Wimbledon, as an example to teach supply and demand.

If you have been a customer of ours you will know that we love putting fresh strawberries in our boxes. Consequently, we are very attuned to our produce price fluctuations. After listening to his teacher, Jack raised his hand and shared that due to a fantastic growing season causing a surplus of supply, coupled with a reduction in demand as a result of Covid, the price of strawberries had subsequently decreased not increased. The teacher, rather taken off guard at this 16-year-olds knowledge of strawberry prices moved on rather quickly to his next topic.

Jokes Aside

We feel so grateful to have been able to create and build something that helps others, whilst allowing us to enhance our education and teach us skills we will continue to develop throughout our lives. As Nelson Mandela once said:

'Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world'

We are on a mission to improve peoples lives, one veg box at a time and hey, if all else fails maybe we can try our hand at singing, you can see now... 'The Veg Boys' world tour.

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you in the next blog!

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