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Entrepreneurs in storybook win

They designed a story book and related merchandise


Richard Beevers, managing director at Customer Plus, presents the awards to, from left, David Percival, Josh Isle, Bradley Merrick, Harry Charles, Harriet Futers, Josh Leadbetter and Laura Williamson.

A team from Friesland School, Sandiacre, and their company Hyperion scooped the Derbyshire Young Enterprise Best Company Award.

They designed a story book and related merchandise and will now will go through to the next stage of the competition – the East Midlands Young Enterprise Innovation Awards – on Tuesday, June 18, at the University of Nottingham.

More than 300 pupils from schools and colleges across the county set up their own companies for the annual competition.

Julie Jones, chairman of South Derbyshire Young Enterprise Board, said: “Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest enterprise education charity and aims to inspire the young entrepreneurs of the future by giving students hands-on experience of what it’s like to be enterprising and run their own company.

“Over the past year the students have elected a board of directors, raised share capital, marketed their brand, sourced finances and sold their products and services throughout their communities and schools.

“I want to congratulate all the students involved and thank the local businesses in Derbyshire – more than 42 this year – who provided volunteers and Area Board members to act as mentors to the students.”

Hyperion – who use their “Ron” brand to promote the idea that it is OK to be different – were also given the Financial Management award.

The runner-up was Funting from Long Eaton School who also won the Marketing Award for their homemade bespoke bunting for special occasions.

The Best Presentation Award went to Titanium from Chesterfield College, who also won the award for teamwork.

Titanium – who designed magic mugs – also won The Telegraph New Media competition which required the companies to submit a 15-second advert for their product.

This category was judged by the Derby Telegraph’s education correspondent Zena Hawley.

Other companies that were involved were On-iki from Derby High School and Create from Lady Manners School in Bakewell, who won the award for Health and Safety.

Fade Apparel from Hope Valley College won the Environmental Award.

And Roots from Mount St Mary’s College near Chesterfield took the award for Innovation for their unique keyring design which allows keys to separate on a key ring.

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