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Aspiring entrepreneurs to compete in Young Enterprise Norfolk final

The winners go to the East of England regional finals, with the chance to progress to the national final in London.

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2012: The Young Enterprise Trade Fair in the Forum, Norwich. Sewell Park College students, front left Megan Collingsworth and, right, Rebecca Billham with back, from left, Morwenna Goodson, Shannon Harper and Jessie Dack with some of the items on the dECOr stall.Photo: Steve Adams

Students from schools and colleges across Norfolk will be displaying their Young Enterprise business successes at the University of East Anglia on Wednesday (March 26).

The eight groups which have reached the final will host trade stands – to be viewed by a panel of judges – before presenting their businesses on stage.

Companies from Norwich School, Sewell Park, Notre Dame, Sprowston High and Norwich High School for Girls have been running successful small businesses since the September 2013, producing and selling everything from cards to board games. UEA hosted the Introduction to Young Enterprise in October and since then the companies have been busy setting up businesses and selling their products, with over 20 schools involved.

The winners on the day will represent Norfolk in the East of England regional finals, with the chance to progress to the national final in London.

Young Enterprise is a national initiative and the biggest business and enterprise education charity. Every year, Young Enterprise competitions are held at schools around the country to encourage young people to try their hand at starting a business.

Adrian Crotch, Chair of Norfolk Young Enterprise said: “Young Enterprise is a great opportunity for young people to get a taste of business, and we are pleased to have such strong talent at the UEA for the final of the Norfolk competition.”

This is the second year that the Norfolk final will be hosted at UEA and a number of Norwich Business School final year undergraduate students have been acting as business advisers to the teams.

Andrea Finegan, Associate Director for Enterprise, Engagement and External Relations in UEA’s Norwich Business School, added: “It has also offered our own students a valuable chance to provide guidance and advice from their own learnings and experience to these aspiring entrepreneurs.”

The teams in the final are:

• Orbital – Norwich School
• Templeton – Sewell Park
• Little Things – Sewell Park
• eVolve – Notre Dame
• Totem – Norwich School
• Beata – Sprowston High
• MCT Designs – Norwich High School for Girls
• Saffron – Norwich High School for Girls

 

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