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Hertfordshire headphone untanglers students bag top award for enterprise at Young Enterprise competition

An innovative device to tackle the awkward problem of tangled earphone wires won the top award in the East of England’s top business competition for teenagers.

After a grilling by judges it was students from The Knights Templar School in Baldock who scooped the coveted top prize of ‘Best Company in East England’ for Route 144. The students designed and produced an ‘s’clip (pictured right) to ensure those headphone and other wires do not become tangled, they also won the award for the most innovative product.

The verdict came as the entrepreneurial efforts of 100 students across East England were celebrated at the East England Company of the Year Competition at Queens’ College Cambridge on 24th June

Students from eight secondary schools took part in the event after setting up and running their own businesses for a year with the help of business mentors.

Liongrenade from Bedford School made off with the prize for best Company report, You.N.G from Debenham High School in Suffolk won,’ ‘Best Trade Stand and Best Marketing, Fulcrum from Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire won ‘Best Presentation for a most engaging presentation and clever use of props, while the award for the most environmentally aware company went to Noveau Slate Décor from Verulam School in St Albans for their ’no waste’ policy in business.

Catriona Austin the Area Manager said “we had 240 companies set up across East England this year and have some great groups competing this evening, we were incredibly impressed with the products and services they had developed and the presentations they gave at the Awards. We were particularly impressed by the passion, enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the students.

“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.

Stephanie Jones from MBDA said “I particularly want to congratulate the students from The Knights Templar School who won the awards for ‘Best Company’, for their innovative design and marketing and who have really demonstrated the ethos of a Young Enterprise Company with hard work, a willingness to learn and great enthusiasm. We would also like to commend the company You.N.G from Debenham High School in Suffolk who turned their campaign for road safety into a business and again embodied all that is good about Young Enterprise with great enthusiasm and commitment to all aspects of their business.”

More than 2000 14 to 18-year-olds in schools across East England have taken part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme this year and set up a total of 240 businesses with help from local business volunteers.