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50 years young and entrepreneurs competition is still going strong

Budding young entrepreneurs from across the North West faced a panel of judges at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory today, for the area final of the 50th Young Enterprise Company Programme competition.

In this extremely tough round, four teams of Year 12 students from across Cheshire and Warrington pitted their wits against each other to be named Best Company. The winning team from the Queen’s School gave an extremely impressive presentation about their company, ‘Vega’. The idea behind Vega was reducing landfill and CO2 emissions by encouraging teenagers to recycle clothes.

This was done by producing a magazine ‘written by teenagers, for teenagers’, that focussed on the timeless style of vintage clothes, with information and vouchers from local Boutiques.

The other three companies also gave very creditable performances, with ideas ranging from bird boxes to campaigning for sensible drinking.

50 years after the first competition in 1963, Young Enterprise is still making a significant contribution to the UK economy. By providing students with opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills that they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to explore, Young Enterprise gives its alumni a head start in the tough world of business.

More than 350 14 to 18-year-olds in schools across Cheshire & Warrington have taken part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme style activities this year and set up a total of 34 businesses with help from local business volunteers.

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