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Chester students howl with joy as firm tops awards

Published date: 01 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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STUDENTS earned the title of ‘best overall company’ when regional schools finalists went head to head to be crowned Young Enterprise UK Company of the Year.

Lower sixth form girls from Abbey Gate College, Saighton Grange, earned the chance to represent the North West at the national final in London to be held today.

The Chester team was named ‘best overall company’ at the North West Company of the Year Awards, hosted by Barclays Technology Centre Radbroke at Knutsford.

The winning students created ‘Wolf Tales’, a professionally produced children’s book that aims to help four to six-year-olds to learn to read.

Wolf Tales managing director Eilidh Pilkington said: “We aimed to create a story book that would compete with other famous and well-loved picture books.”

She added: “The experience and skills we gained through participating in Young Enterprise have been invaluable. Lessons we have learned are the kind that can only be gained through direct participation, not from a board in a classroom.

“I would encourage young people to take part, as it has been a fantastic opportunity.”"

Abbey Gate link teacher Nichola Burton said: “The girls have matured into strong independent women who aren’t afraid of the big bad wolf.”

The pupils are taking part in Young Enterprise’s flagship company programme. They are encouraged to set up and run their own businesses for an academic year, working under the guidance of business mentors.

Graham Bastin, Barclays head of infrastructure and site executive of the host location, said: “We saw some brilliant work from the finalists, all of whom had learned some valuable skills and have the potential to become successful entrepreneurs.

“The outcome was a testament to the hard work of the students, advisers, link teachers and the Young Enterprise team that manages the programme so successfully.”

Suzanne Lockwood, Young Enterprise North West area manager, said more than 2,400 young people in the North West had started a business with the support of Young Enterprise this year.

“The regional final is a celebration of the hard work and tenacity of more than 200 student companies during the past year and all the competitors proved the North West has some very entrepreneurial and highly employable young people. We’d like to say a big thank you to our supporters who made the event possible – Barclays, United Utilities, Manchester Airports Group, Asda, FWB and Downtown Manchester in Business.”

Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest enterprise education charity, sees 250,000 students from all over the country take part in their company programme in which they set up and run real businesses with the support of business mentors each year.

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