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Pupils pupils tasty Young “Enterpies” business wins Gloucestershire Young Enterprise competition

Children's cookbook from "Young Enterpies" is big winner

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Pates School team Young Enterpies

Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham is celebrating after taking the top prize at the Young Enterprise Company Programme trade exhibition 2014.

The school, in Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, won three other categories for its children’s cookbook.

It triumphed in corporate image, best stand and sales pitch.

The school’s team, Young Enterpies, also took the prize for overall trade exhibition winner after the event at Pittville Pump Rooms.

Debi Howell, head of economics and business studies at Pate’s, said she was exceptionally proud of her students.

She said: “It was brilliant to win. I’ve been at Pate’s for 12 years and the best we’ve ever done before is third so I was ecstatic.
“The students created and published a book, Bake With Boris.

“They learnt a lot about how to manage people, meeting deadlines, sorting out issues with suppliers and keeping the team motivated.

“They worked so hard this year and it paid off.”

The event was organised by Young Enterprise, a charity organisation which focused on offering school students the opportunity to experience the real world of business and enterprise.

Rachel Channon, Young Enterprise manager for Gloucestershire said: “Students aged 15-19 set up and run their own companies over the course of an academic year.

“They come up with a product or service that they sell out into the public market, so it’s real business, real money, real practical experience.”

The event saw 18 teams from 13 Gloucestershire schools present their companies and pitch their business proposals to judges in a Dragons’ Den style format.

Judge and trainee business teacher Naomi Catley praised Young Enterprise and said: “It is a great opportunity for students. It gives them the chance to meet new people and really build teamwork skills as well as increasing their employability for when they leave school.”

St Edward’s School and Cirencester College both went home with two awards each, while Balcarras took one.

Following their win the Pate’s students will be continuing to develop their product and sell their remaining stock.

They are looking forward to the next stage of the competition which involves compiling a 10-page company report and giving a presentation at the area final in May which could see them go on to represent Gloucestershire in the South West regional final.

If they win, the team could represent the South West at the national final.

All teams have the opportunity to continue to the next stage of the competition.

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