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Digi-pi is the dish of the day at Cumbria Young Enterprise competition

Mcvities - County Champions

The entrepreneurial efforts of  Nelson Thomlinson School students have won them the converted  title of the Cumbria Champions in the second round of a national Young Enterprise competition.

Students from six secondary schools took part in the charity’s Cumbria Finals after taking part in a Young Enterprise scheme to set and run their own businesses for a year with the help of business mentors. All of the 6 finalists from schools across Cumbria had already competed in their local area competitions to win a place at last night’s finals held at Carlisle Racecourse.

After a grilling by judges the students gave a presentation on stage to an audience of 125 guests about their Young Enterprise company and the highs and lows of their year in business. The impressive guest list included the Chair of Cumbria County Council, Mayor and Mayoress of Carlisle, Deputy Mayor of Allerdale, Chair of South Lakeland District Council and leading figures from numerous businesses and organisations in the county.

Capita Trade Stand

The winning students called their forward thinking company Digi-pi and have developed a set of IT teaching resources to help teachers and pupils get the best use from the new Raspberry Pi, a credit card size computer that schools will be using from next September.

Pam Oddy, Area Manager Young Enterprise for North East and Cumbria said: “We had some great companies started up by students in Cumbria this year and the judges were incredibly impressed with the products and services they had developed and the presentations they gave at the Awards.

“The Awards highlighted how the Young Enterprise Company Programme can inspire young people to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and help them develop practical business skills while they are still at school.

“I particularly want to congratulate the students from Nelson Thomlinson who won the Cumbria Champion award for their innovative product that identify a real gap in the market place, along with Level Up Learning from Netherhall School, Maryport, who were runners up with their educational board game.”

Both Young Enterprise companies will now go on to compete at the North East and Cumbria finals on 12th June at the Metrocentre Marriott Hotel, Gateshead to represent the region in July  at the national finals in London.

“I hope all the students that took part last night enjoyed the black tie dinner event kindly supported by McVities, the University of Cumbria, Sellafield Ltd, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, Capita and the Cumberland News.”

Naomi Lee – Student of the Year

The student of the year award went to Naomi Lee from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Best Trade Stand to Retro-vation from Whitehaven Academy, Best Company Report to Digi-pi, the Nelson Thomlinson School and Best presentation to Level-Up Learning from Netherall School. Caldew School from Carlisle and  Queen Katherine School and Kirkbie Kendal school, both form Kendal also won through their local heats to compete at the Cumbria Young Enterprise finals.

The full list of winners is:

Best Trade Stand – Rretro-vation from Whitehaven Academy

Presented by Sue Brown, Capita

Best Company Report –  Digi-pi from The Nelson Thomlinson School

Presented by Nick Hodgson, Associate from Cartmell Shepherd

Best Company Presentation – Level-up Learnin from, Netherhall School

Presented by George Beveridge, Deputy Managing Director Sellafield Ltd

Company Programme Student of the Year 2014 – Naomi Lee  member of YE Company Individual! From Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

Presented by Robin Burgess – Chief Executive of CN Group Limited

County Champion Runner up 2014 – Level-Up Learning fom Netherhall School

Presented by Professor Peter Strike, Vice Chancellor of University of Cumbria


County Champion 2014 – Digi-pi from The Nelson Thomlinson School

Presented by Kate Rowling, Manufacturing Manager from McVities