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Teabox bag awards at European final

Following on from their success at the national final in May, a team of student entrepreneurs from LJMU recently travelled to Belgium to compete against their European counterparts at the Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise European Enterprise Challenge 2013.

The Teabox Company was set up by seven Level 5 Business and PR students from the Liverpool Business School as part of their Graduate Enterprise module. Having been awarded Start-Up Business of the Year at the National Young Enterprise final in May, the group went on to represent the UK at the European final, which took place in Liège.

The European competition brought together 21 student companies from across Europe. After an intensive two days of trade fairs, networking, pitching and presentations, the students were delighted to be awarded 2nd Runner Up award. Two of the students, Harriet Richmond and Phil Perera, also won “The Alumni Leadership Award”. Twelve students were selected out of the 80 who attended the competition. This award was for ‘an individual showing role model behaviour, possessing leadership skills, team solidarity and real JA-YE alumni spirit at the JA-YE Europe Challenge 2013.’

Phil Perera, member of the Teabox Company, commented:

“The European final was an amazing experience for every member of the Teabox Company.  We faced tough competition from the other teams, so were especially delighted to win our awards. The final provided us with a fantastic opportunity to network with some truly inspirational young entrepreneurs and successful business owners. Over the last year we have had a great insight into what is needed to set up and run a successful company and are grateful for the support that LJMU and Young Enterprise have provided us.”

Janet Farrow, Programme Leader, who accompanied the students to the European final, said:

“It was a very special event. The competition was extremely strong and our students did so well to achieve third place. I was very proud of all the students and they were great ambassadors for both LJMU and the Business School.  We all enjoyed the experience and it was a wonderful opportunity for our students to network with other students from all over Europe. “

LJMU students interested in starting their own business can receive free support and guidance from LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship


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