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North Staffs schools vie for top prize in Young Enterprise competition

ENTREPRENEURS from six schools will be battling it out to win a Young Enterprise competition.

Each school taking part in North Staffordshire will be assigned a mentor from a local company and will have the chance to gain real experience of marketing a business venture.

Around 100 students are taking part in this year’s challenge.

Schools involved include Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Leek’s Westwood College, Wolstanton High, Blackfriars School, in Newcastle, and St Joseph’s College, in Trent Vale.

St Joseph’s will be hoping to pick up another award after its team Steel Style snapped up ‘company of the year’ in last year’s competition.

For their prize-winning business in 2012, the students designed, manufactured and sold decorative steel products, including candleholders.

Richard Swancott, North Staffordshire area board chairman, said: “Young Enterprise is an opportunity for all the competitors to learn the ins and outs of running a business.

“One of the key elements of running a business is fighting off competition from your rivals.”

The area finals for North Staffordshire are due to be held in March.

Young Enterprise is a global charity that is funded by businesses and schools and gives 15 to 19-year-olds the opportunity to run their own company.

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