Recently we here at Chess House had the pleasure of supplying Lil’ Corkers from Blessed Trinity RCC in the United Kingdom with some bright colored plastic chess pieces. After checking in with them to see if they had received their package and if the pieces were up to par we were blown away to find out what Lil’ Corkers was all about. Mollie Bannister wrote us back to tell us all about it!

Bannister, is the managing director of a Young Enterprise company Lil’ Corkers.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers and offers training to young people to harness their personal and business skills.

Lil’ Corkers is a small company of students aged 15 dedicated to helping the community by making novelty chessboards.  As a company, not only do they want to make a profit, but also actually have an impact on their community. As a result they began to teach primary school children the rules and purpose of chess. They sell their product for £25 pounds and includes a brightly colored chessboard (that comes in a variety of themes and styles) and two sets of brightly colored plastic pieces.

Within Young Enterprise, they have won an award for “Best Innovative Product” and have recently been short-listed into the North-West finals, due to take part on June 14th.

The Company Program is the ultimate business challenge for 15 – 19 year olds. Over the course of a year students find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business – from raising share capital to designing their product or service to selling directly to customers.This event will see companies from across the North West battling it out to become North West Company of the Year 2016.

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If you would like to purchase a set from Lil’ Corkers email them at