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Yorkshire teens battle it out for buisness


7:28am 15th June 2012
(Updated 8:22am 15th June 2012)

Teenage business stars battle it out for title of Yorkshire and the Humber's Best Young Enterprise Company

Teams of teenage entrepreneurs who have set up their own businesses are gearing up to fight it out at the Yorkshire and the Humber finals of a prestigious business competition.

Four teams of 15-19 year-olds - one each from Doncaster, Halifax, Hull and York - are heading for the regional finals of the Yorkshire and Humber Young Enterprise Innovation Awards 2012 at Sheffield Hallam University on Friday 15 June.

There, they will compete for the title of Yorkshire and the Humber's Company of the Year 2012 and the chance to represent the region at the HSBC Young Enterprise Innovation Awards in London on July 1-3.

The students, who all won their local heats, have set up and run their own businesses over the past year as part of a Young Enterprise scheme to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The schools, companies and their products are:

1) Hymers College, Hull

Six Lower Sixth form students are now working with supermarket giant Waitrose after setting up their company Fresh to remind people to re-use their plastic carrier bags. 

They have designed a car air freshener that reminds people to take their plastic bags with them when they leave their car to go shopping.  The group hit on the idea when they discovered that research shows your sense of smell evokes memory in a way no other sense can. 

The interest from Waitrose came after the team wrote to the CEOs of all the major supermarkets, as well as their local supermarket managers. 

The team are committed to reducing the negative effects on the environment by plastic bags. They are supported by the Managing Director of local integrated marketing agency Sowden & Sowden, Paul Sowden. 

Check out their website here

2) The Crossley Heath School, Halifax

Seven Year 13 students set up Turos Enterprises and are aiming to revolutionize the gaming scene after designing an innovative piece of software which enables people to produce their own video games. 

The software, 'Dark Flow,' was developed by the 17-18 year-olds and means that within minutes you can be playing a game you produced yourself on your iPad, iPhone, PC or web browser.

All the technology is written solely by the students and the games can be shared with your friends. 

Tomas Hiley, 18, Managing Director of Turos Enterprises, said:

"All of us at Turos Enterprises are tremendously proud of our achievements so far and we are looking forward to the next round. We've had a fantastic experience through the Young Enterprise Company Programme and just don't want it to end." 

Check out their website here.

3) Don Valley Academy, Doncaster. 

Fourteen students set up DV Fusion and made a healthy profit selling handmade pine candle holders and scented candles.

The students, who range from Years 10 to 13 put in a lot of effort after school and used the workshop in the school's D&T department to produce the candle holders.

They sell the candle holders, which come singly or in packs of three, at trade fairs and festivals.

4) St Peter's School, York. 

Eleven Year 12 students set up their innovative business selling Clockits; neat little boxes containing all tools needed to turn items into clocks. 

Their company, Summit, has proved a huge hit with kits of the clock parts used to turn posh shopping bags into clocks.

 Summit's Business Adviser Owen Turner, Managing Director of United By Design in York, said: 

"It's a real pleasure to be involved with St Peter's students once again in the Young Enterprise programme. Team Summit has faced some really difficult decisions right from day one, but has risen to the challenge time and time again. ClocKit is a fantastic product, and I think it has potential not just in the competition, but also in the real world of business! I really respect the way the students have worked so hard to develop both themselves and their links to the field of commerce outside school, pushing themselves and coping well with the ups and downs of running a real company". 

Teacher Jon Whitehouse said: 

"Students at St Peter's aspire to be a part of the Young Enterprise programme and this year's team have shown what can be achieved.  The success of the product can be attributed to its simplicity.  The team have thoroughly enjoyed taking their product to a number of trade fairs this year, and responding to customer feedback."

Check out their company's website here

Bev Brown, Young Enterprise Area Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, said:  

"These young people have proved themselves to be the best of the best and there's everything to play for in the regional finals.

"Young Enterprise aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and with the determination and drive they've demonstrated so far these young people could very well be Yorkshire's business tycoons of the future."

More than 1,200 15 to 19-year-olds in schools across Yorkshire and the Humber have taken part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme this year and set up a total of 119 businesses.

Young Enterprise's New Chief Executive Michael Mercieca, who will be attending the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Finals, said:

"These young people have done really well to battle it through to this stage in the competition.

"They have proved that there is an astonishing amount of business talent among young people in Yorkshire and the Humber and I know that they will do their schools and communities proud."

For more details or to attend the competition contact Young Enterprise Press Officer Emma Pickles on 0207 549 1980 or 07713 393 594.  

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